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Domestic Flights Resume Feeding, As Govt Mulls Opening Of 3 More Airports

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 22, (THEWILL) – Catering services suspended at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic are to resume on domestic flights with immediate effect.

Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this at the weekly media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday.

According to the Minister, the decision was taken in consideration of the businesses involved in the provision of in-flight refreshments that had been adversely affected by the suspension.

He however said that modalities and protocols for the resumption of the services would be worked and rolled out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and they would be in line with international practices.

Sirika also reiterated the plan to resume international flight operations at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu and the Port Harcourt International Airport.

According to him, members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 would be visiting the airports for simulation exercises to ascertain their readiness for international operations.

The Minister also said a technical working group comprising agencies involved in the facilitation of passengers had been set up to ensure compliance with all standards required for seamless operations at the airports earmarked for resumption of international flights.

On the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria, Sirika said discussions were on to resolve the issues involved, even as he restated the country’s position on the impropriety of the extra COVID-19 tests the airline was demanding of Nigerian travellers.