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Flight Resumption : FAAN Bars Non-travelling Escorts Of VIPs From Airports





Ahead of flight resumption, FAAN bars non-travelling Escorts of VIPs from airports.

The latest guideline comes a day after Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority boss said commercial flights won’t resume on June 21st.


FAAN bars non-travelling escorts of VIPs from departure halls.

Ahead of commercial flight resumption in the country, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said non-travelling bodyguards of VIPs will not be allowed into departure halls.

This was made known through its official Twitter handle on Friday. The Authority said the move is part of the new protocols for the restart of flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“COVID-19 Flight Resumption Protocol for Passengers: Escorts coming with VIPs will not be allowed into the departure hall, only travelling passengers”

Earlier in the week, FAAN also announced that passengers must arrive at airports three hours before flight time.

It said the early arrival by travellers would enable efficient checks and screening before boarding.

In addition, FAAN urged travellers to maintain two metres distance from each other at the airports.

The authority also noted that individuals not wearing their face masks will not be allowed into airports’ premises.

The latest guideline comes a day after the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt Musa Nuhu; said commercial flights won’t resume on the 21st.

At a Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, Nuhu said, “June 21st is not a feasible date to resume domestic operations.”

“The civil aviation authority, despite pressures coming from all quarters, will not approve the start any day until we are sure and we confirm that we are ready to start in a safe, secure, organised and efficient manner. To do otherwise is disastrous for all of us.”

“If we open the industry when we are not ready, and we are guilty of spreading coronavirus; God forbid we have any incident.”

“I believe the government will come hard on us and it is going to be counterproductive and disastrous for the industry.”

“We are not too far; we are close but there is a need for timing to ensure that we are ready, positively, absolutely ready to start work.”

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