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Nigeria clears Air France, KLM, Lufthansa for flight resumption



NIGERIA has lifted ban on flights to the West African country by Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.

  Disclosing this through its twitter message, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said more airports in the country will be opened for international operations before the end of the year.

  “The government is also working to open three additional airports in the country to international flights before the end of the year.” Sirika said.

  According to the minister, there is possibility of opening Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, Port Harcourt International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to accommodate foreign travellers before the end of the year.

  It will be recalled that the federal government had in August vowed to implement a reciprocity clause by banning flights and airlines from countries that put similar bans on flights from Nigeria as nations open their airspace amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  President Muhammad Buhari had in March ordered the suspension of international flights to curb the influx of imported cases of the COVID-19 virus in the country.

  The airlines affected include Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Rwand Air, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc and TAAG Angola.

  Report says, some of the airlines were denied permission to enter the country because Nigerians with tourist visas had been banned from entering those countries. The ones that fell under this category include Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa and Etihad Airways.

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