By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that only 200 passengers per international flight is allowed for incoming airlines to Nigeria just as each of the two airports (Lagos and Abuja) have been permitted to handle only 1,280 passengers daily.
Also, NCAA has directed that the 12 airlines allowed to resume operations in Nigeria are to operate one flight each from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja each day starting from Monday.
According to a release signed by Director General/CEO, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, in-bound flights are restricted to 200 passengers per trip while out-bound flights are free to carry any number of passengers they wish to put on board.
Nuhu disclosed that the restriction in the number of incoming passengers is due to the partial resumption of international flights in and out of Nigeria as approved by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 pandemic.
He however revealed that over the next few weeks as the number of allowed incoming passengers is increased, additional flight frequencies will be allocated in addition to accommodating any airline that meets the requirements for resumption of flight operations into Nigeria.
Meanwhile, NCAA has released a timetable for international flights in and out of Nigeria in both Lagos and Abuja Airports with Lagos getting seven slots and Abuja has five on Monday.
According to the NCAA timetable airlines to operate from Lagos on Monday are BA, Turkish Airlines, Qatar, AWA, Air Senegal, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates Airline.
BA, Emirates Airline, Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY and Air Cote d Ivoire will operate from Abuja Airport on Monday.