The Federal Government on Thursday said as it opens it’s sky for international flights on Saturday, September 5, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Etihad Airlines, Air Rwanda, Air Namibia among others have been banned from coming into the country.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika explained that KLM and Air France are not approved to fly into the country because those with tourists visas are not allowed entry.
Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja at the international wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Sirika said all aviation preparations and COVID-19 protocols have been perfected and the airport was set for re-opening.
Those allowed to fly with appropriate COVID-19 protocols are British Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Quarter, Middle East, Turkish, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic among others.
The minister further noted that intending passengers must register online, pay for COVID-19 test fee and upload the COVID-19 negative result not older than 72 hours before boarding.
While warning against sharp practices, he said any airline caught with passengers without COVID-19 negative result would be punished as the airlines would pay $3,500 fine for each passenger and the passenger returned if he or she was a foreigner.
Giving more insight into the reasons for ban and the principle of reciprocity been applied to some countries, the minister said Nigeria was simply responding to how it is treated by other countries.
He said the country will go ahead and implement the principle of reciprocity to all countries that have banned flights from Nigeria.