Nigeria reciprocates, bans EU flights from entry
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has announced that airlines from the European Union would not be allowed into Nigeria as the EU had recently banned flights and visitors from Nigeria.
Council of the European Union had in July opened its borders to 15 countries, excluding Nigeria.
The Minister represented by the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, argued that the decision was taken in the interest of Nigerians; hence only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria will be allowed to fly into and out of Nigeria.
“On the list of countries (that are banned), we are working on the comprehensive list, but the main one that came up is when the EU opened their borders effective 1st July, Nigeria was among the list of 54 countries that were not allowed to enter the EU”, Nuhu said, adding that “So, as we open our airspace, we are going to apply the issue of reciprocity to those (EU) countries”.
The aviation Boss added that for now, only a few flights per day would be permitted, adding that they would operate as test runs of the protocols put in place to ensure the safe return to international operations, as airlines would be informed on arrangements that had been put in place to ensure that the resumption of flights were hitch-free.
Also, inbound international passengers would be limited to 1,280 and would be allowed to fly into the Lagos and Abuja airports once international flights resume on August 29, 2020.