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Nigeria Bars Lufthansa, KLM, Others As It Reopens for International Flights Tomorrow

The Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Mallam Hadi Sirika yesterday at a press briefing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja confirmed the resumption of international flights into the Abuja and Lagos international airports tomorrow, Saturday 5th September 2020.

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) is Nigeria’s busiest airport. Photo Credit:

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had on 23rd March closed the Lagos and Abuja Airports to international passenger flights with the exception of “emergency and essential flights” due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak

Mallam Hadi Sirika gave a comprehensive list of airlines that are allowed into the country as well as those that are barred due to varying factors.

The airlines granted approval to operate passenger flight services from tomorrow are: Middle Eastern Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Air Peace, Euro Atlantic, ASKY Airlines, AWA Airlines, Air Cote D’Voire, Kenya Airways, Emirates and Turkish Airlines.

Airlines without approval are: Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Etihad Airways, Rwand Air, TAAG Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Cabo Verde Airlines, Air Namibia and South African Airways.

Varying reasons were cited for not granting approval to the above-listed airlines. KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways were denied approval on a reciprocity basis as the home countries of the airlines are not allowing Nigerians into their countries at the moment. RwandAir, Air Namibia, and TAAG Airlines were denied approval due to the expiration of their Foreign Carrier Operating Permit (FCOP). The other airlines on the unapproved list were denied approval due to the closure of their countries of origin airspace to international passenger flights.

Passengers arriving in the country are expected to possess a COVID-19 negative certificate taken not more than 96hours before the travel date.

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