Reprieve as Nigeria approves flights resumption for Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Qatar Airways


The Nigerian Government has granted approval to Air France, Lufthansa, KLM and Qatar Airways to resume international flight operations in the country.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, tweeted the grant of approval on Tuesday.

The tweet: “We are working with ministry of health, CACOVID & the PTF to open Kano, Port Harcourt & possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year. Also Lufthansa, Air France/KLM has (have) been given go-ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience.”

The Federal Government had, in March, shut down all airports to check the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Domestic flights later resumed in all airports in July while international flights resumed at the Lagos and Abuja airports in September.

The government had restricted 10 airlines from operating in the country when international flight resumed on September 5.

At the time, Sirika said Air France and KLM airlines were not granted approval for flight operations because “tourist visa holders are not allowed entry” in the airlines’ originating countries.



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