As anticipated, the International operations of the Nigerian Airport is set to commence today, Monday, 7th September 2020, but the Federal Government of the West African nation has barred eight airlines from entering the country.
Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc and TAAG Angola are the barred airlines.
Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa and Etihad Airways were banned due to the fact that Nigerian tourist in the respective countries were also barred.
Minister for Aviation Hadi Sirika have revealed they will also bar nations and airlines which denies Nigeria of entering their country
RwandAir, were barred because their international flights is yet to commence operations.
Middle-East Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways, Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish Airlines are the airlines allowed to travel in and out of the country.
As it stands, strict guidelines have been placed on ground which must be fully complied to which includes airline passengers showing a valid negative COVID-19 test result which was done four days or more before departure date, would also be tested on the date to leave.
Airlines are also not permitted to carry passengers with symptoms of COVID-19.
Any airline who errs would have to pay a $3,500 fine mandatorily would have to return the passenger to the country of his/her departure.