Following her travel ban on 15 countries, the Nigerian government has restricted all international flights into the country to two airports, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in a letter to airline operators said other international airports in the country would be closed to all international flights.
Nigeria, today, extended the travel ban to two more countries, making a total of 15 countries. The new countries are Sweden and Austria. It had suspended travels from the United Kingdom, United States of America, China, The Netherlands, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.
This is as the aviation regulator said it had taken steps to protect its workforce from Coronavirus by suspending all pending inspections, trainings and various exchange programmes involving foreign trips.
Director-General of NCAA, Musa Nuhu, who signed the letter dated March 19 to airline owners, said international flights restriction to only Lagos and Abuja was consequent upon the Nigerian government’s travel ban on 13 countries, adding that the directive would take effect from 23.59 hours on March 21.
Nuhu said all persons arriving Nigeria who might have visited the countries affected by the travel ban 15 days prior to arrival would be tested and isolated for 14 days.
“The travel restriction is applicable to all flight crew from the affected countries. All operators wishing to operate in Nigeria are required to operate with two sets of flight crew; one set to operate into Nigeria and one set to operate out of Nigeria,” he stated.
Yesterday, the NCAA said it was taking steps to protect its workforce from the Coronavirus by suspending all pending inspections on aircrafts, trainings and all exchange programmes in involving foreign trips.
NCAA General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, said the authority had issued detailed guidelines for officers of the authority, who have recently travelled abroad to self-isolate for 14 days among sundry measures upon their return to Nigeria.
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