While the coronavirus plague lasts, air travelers throughout the country must be at the airport at least three hours before their flights. This directive was handed down on Monday by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has advised passengers as air travel is scheduled to restart on the 21st of June, 2020.
FAAN announced the new guideline via its twitter handle, saying early arrival of passengers would enable passenger screening to be carried out as it tries to ensure the safety of passengers.
“COVID-19 Flight Resumption Protocol for Passengers: You are advised to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight due to the new COVID-19 safety checks,” it wrote.
FAAN also urged travellers to maintain two metres distance from each other at the airports while noting that persons not wearing their face masks will not be allowed into airports’ premises.
The Federal Government said civil aviation authorities will determine the resumption of domestic flights in the country.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Aliyu had on June 1 said that “the aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.”
However, while giving an update on Thursday, he said the PTF was yet to receive any update from the aviation sector on its preparedness to restart commercial flight operations.
Nigeria’s airports and airspace were shut in March by the President, Muhammadu Buhari as part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.