COVID-19: Two UK Flights To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria

  Two flights from the United Kingdom will be coming into Nigeria to evacuate British citizens in the country. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffry Onyeama, announced this on Wednesday, during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He, however, noted that it would not be possible to take advantage of the situation to evacuate Nigerian citizens in the UK. “The situation with the flights now coming in is that the UK Government which is effectively chattering these planes… in the contract that they have with those companies,…

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COVID-19: Nigerian Airports Set For Reopening, FAAN Issues Warnings to Passengers

  The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has put in place arrangements on passenger facilitation, ahead of resumption of flights. The General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated this while speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria with the theme: “Aviation: The New Norm in the post COVID-19.” Yakubu warned passengers to expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks from when they arrive the airport until they depart. She said noted escorts of VIPs would no longer…

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COVID-19: Nigeria Seizes UK Aircraft

The Federal government said it has impounded an aircraft belonging to Flair Aviation, a United Kingdom based aviation company for operating a commercial flight as against the humanitarian operations it was given approval for in Nigeria. Nigeria Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, confirmed this on his official twitter handle saying the crew of the flight are also being interrogated as there shall be maximum penalty for the offence. According to Hadi Sirika @hadisirika, ‘COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting…

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Minister Gives Aviation Agencies 45 Days to Relocate Headquarters to Abuja

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has given aviation agencies under the ministry 45 days to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This, according to the Minister, is to ensure efficient and effective coordination and enhanced service delivery, as well as reduce the cost of governance. The proposal is expected to ignite a fresh labour war as aviation unions have jointly rejected the proposal, insisting the conditions to be fulfilled before the relocation are yet to be implemented. Some stakeholders have equally kicked against…

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Freight Agents Protest Against Storage Charges Imposed by NAHCO, SAHCO During Lockdown

Business activities at the cargo section of Lagos airports were grounded yesterday as freight agents protested at the ground handling companies over storage charges demanded by the companies for the lockdown period. After observing the one-month lockdown to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos, freight forwarders resumed at the airports on Monday May 4th 2020, only to find out that Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc and Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) have slammed demurrage charges for goods uncleared as well as consignments which arrived during the lockdown. While the…

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256 Nigerians Evacuated From UK Arrive In Lagos as Over 4,000 Await Evacuation Back Home

About 256 Nigerians who were stranded in the United Kingdom following the COVID-19 lockdown have arrived in Lagos. The airplane British Airways 9155 touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 13:45 on Friday. The returning Nigerians will be airlifted to Abuja, where they will be quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to leave for their destinations. The process is required to ensure the coronavirus-status of every returnee is ascertained. This comes some days after the Federal Government successfully evacuated the first batch of Nigerians stuck abroad…

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I’ve Denied Some Governors Flight Access Over Lockdown -Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says some governors have been denied access to Abuja since President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a lockdown three weeks ago. The Daily Bells recalls that the President had ordered a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to limit the spread of coronavirus. While responding to questions during the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, on Tuesday, Sirika said the restriction of movement is being followed strictly. He said a Twitter user had demanded that shuttles of very important persons…

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US Evacuates Over 340 Americans From Nigeria

The United States Mission to Nigeria has said over 340 Americans were evacuated from Lagos on Saturday. In a tweet, the Mission said the Americans left the country for the United States on a chartered Omni Air International flight bound for Dulles Airport, near Washington, D.C. “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria wishes all aboard a smooth flight as they head home to rejoin family & friends,” the tweet said. Earlier this month, the Mission said it had helped 997 Americans return home to unite with family and friends amid the…

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385 Americans, 200 Canadians Evacuated from Nigeria over COVID-19 Fear

As countries continue to evacuate their citizens from Nigeria since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada yesterday evacuated 585 of its citizens. While 385 Americans were evacuated, Canada also evacuated 200 citizens in two separate flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines. The Americans were scheduled to be evacuated last Friday before the flight was stalled following issues of flight permits in some West African countries. The Americans left Nigeria despite the advisory by the Embassy that they would be responsible for their medical bill because health…

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Travel Restrictions: NCAA Issues NOTAM, Flights to Operate into Lagos, Abuja

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) on the travel restrictions directive by Federal Government of Nigeria. Only Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (DNAA) and Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos,(DNMM) will be opened to accept international flights irrespective of the type of operation. The NOTAM, signed by the Director General, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, to all operators, says the restriction of entry into the country for travelers from the 13 countries will take off midnight this Friday March 20, 2020. These countries are China, Japan,…

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