Resumption of international flights: We’ll not grant waivers to operators – NCAA

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As the nation gears up for the resumption of international flights from August 29, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, has warned that waivers would not be granted to foreign airline operators who fail to meet up with the federal government’s requirements.

The director-general, who gave this warning during a virtual meeting titled ‘Stakeholders Meeting Resumption of International Flights,’ said all paper works in the Foreign Carriers Operating Permit, FCOP, must be done by intending operators.

He said government’s regulations in FCOP are temporary measures prompted by COVID-19 pandemic which would be readjusted when the global health crisis fades away.

“It is an easy thing to do, just paper works. If by 27 or 28 we are not convinced, we will not start. There is no need to rush. We will do our best to get there, but if we can’t, we will let everybody know,” he said.

National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, Dr. SaniAliyu, who also participated in the meeting, said government plans to commence with four flights per day.

While explaining that the four flights per day would carry a maximum of 284 passengers, Dr. Aliyu added that returning passengers to Nigeria would be given two forms for assessment upon their arrival.

“When they come to Nigeria, we expect that they have at least two forms. One will be the PCR to check their COVID-19 status,” he added.

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