The Federal Government has refused to grant some international airlines entry into Nigeria when international flights resume on Saturday, September 5th.
A list of the affected airlines denied entry and those approved to fly into the country was released yesterday in Abuja by the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
According to the minister, some of the airlines include, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Etihad, Rwandair, TAAG Angola Airlines and others.
Sarika, however, explained that some airlines such as Cape Verde and South African airlines were denied approval because international flights were yet to resume in their countries.
Those airlines given licence to operate include: ” British Airways, Delta Airline, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines”.
Sarika also warned that the approved airlines are expected to operate within COVID-19 protocols. He issued further guidelines for arriving and departing international passengers.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria’s international airports had been closed to international flights since March over the coronavirus outbreak.