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FG gives condition for flight resumption in Nigeria airspace

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THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said passengers should brace up for rigorous health checks at the airports, flight delays and increase in airfare when restrictions are lifted and operations resume post COVID-19.

  Speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria, with the theme: Aviation: The New Norm in the post COVID-19, the General Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu said passengers should expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks right from when they arrive the airport and departs as the agency has put arrangements in place regarding passenger facilitation and what to expect.

  According to her, escorts of Very Important Persons (VIPs) would no longer be allowed to follow their principals into the terminal and such principals would be subjected to all its health checks.

  “We are going to expect flight delays; flights will experience delays because of checks and re-checks. If you are travelling, I will expect a potential traveler to leave home hours before his flight. I say this because there is going to be a lot of checks in the front of the terminal. We have been told that some activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So air travelers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time,” she stated.

  In a related development, China will loosen a cap on flights into the country that was imposed to block coronavirus infections from abroad.

  The indication was given by Media Officer of Civil Aviation Administration of China, Li Jian, in an interview with newsmen today in reaction to fierce criticism from Chinese citizens stranded abroad.

  It will be recalled that China drastically cut international flight routes in March and slapped an entry ban on most foreigners over fears about importing a second wave of infections.

  Since then, authorities currently allow domestic and foreign airlines to maintain only one weekly route either to or from China. But from June, the number of permitted flights will nearly triple to 407 per week.

  That is still just a fraction of the roughly 9,000 flights a week handled by the country’s airports before the pandemic.

  All international arrivals in China are currently required to undergo a COVID-19 test and complete a mandatory quarantine.

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