Thursday, 28 May 2020 04:50

FG to certify airlines before flight resumption

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Federal Government is to certify airlines and other operators in Nigeria before resumption of flights once the country’s airspace and airports are re-opened for commercial operations.

It was also gathered on Wednesday that all operators in the country’s civil aviation space were required to inform the government five days ahead before resuming operations.

Nigerian airports had been under lockdown to commercial flights for about two months as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

There had been calls for the reopening of airports and recommencement of commercial flight operations.

But Federal Government through Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said it would have to certify certain requirements before commercial flights would begin again.

General Manager, Public Relations Department, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, told our correspondent that the authority had issued various circulars to airlines on basic requirements needed from the carriers before they resume operations.

He said, “All we are doing is contained in the various circulars issued to the industry. They are all on our website.

“However, when resumption is allowed by the Federal Government, operators will be required to notify us five days ahead, to enable us certify certain requirements as enunciated in our various circulars.”

On May 6, Federal Government extended suspension of both local and international flight operations in all Nigerian airports by an additional four weeks.

The government had in March this year halted operations of commercial flights by two weeks, before it announced the additional four-week extension on May 6.

Commercial flight operations, both local and international, had stopped forthwith but Federal Government allowed essential flights. Such essential flights include those for medical and evacuation purposes.

The government had stated that such flights were subject to the authorisation of Federal Ministry of Aviation.

Meanwhile, in one of the circulars with reference NCAA-AC-FSG-001/20, sighted by our correspondent, the agency said the guidelines and protocols would be implemented to ensure an organised, safe, secure and efficient normalisation of the industry operations for the post Covid-19 lockdown.