FG Vows To Enforce Reciprocity Principle As International Flight Resumes

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

The Nigerian government has concluded plans to enforce the reciprocity principle, as it open its air space to international flights.

The implication is that only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria, will be allowed to fly into and out of the country.

Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, conveyed the position of government, Thursday, at the regular Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

This was contained a statement by the Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu.

According to Sirika, “the country’s position is informed by the ban placed by some countries on flights from Nigeria, and that Nigeria’s decision was taken in the interest of its citizens.

Represented by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, the minister further disclosed that airlines will be informed on arrangements emplaced to ensure that resumption of flights will be hitch-free.

“He also stated that for now, only a few flights per day will be permitted as a test run for the the protocols put in place to ensure a safe return to international operations. The protocols, according to him, would be made public in due course.

“He expressed his appreciation to the airlines, Aviation workers, travellers and all stakeholders for their patience and understanding and urged all hands to be on deck in ensuring a successful and efficient resumption of international flight operations”, Odaudu said in the statement.

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