The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has told travellers they would have to arrive at airports at least three hours before their flight time when commercial flights resume.
FAAN noted this is to ensure necessary checks and screening are done for the travellers before boarding for their flights.
The new directive is coming amidst plans to resume local commercial flights which had been suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Only essential flights including those for medical and evacuation purposes, amongst others, were permitted by the federal government during the lockdown.
FAAN however noted in a statement on its Twitter account on Monday that the new protocol is part of measures put in place to curb further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“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.
#COVID__19 Flight Resumption Protocol for Passengers: You are advised to arrive at the Airport 3 hours before your flight due to the new COVID-19 safety checks.#MondayMotivation #mondaythoughts pic.twitter.com/AxUF1chz22
— FAAN (@FAAN_Official) June 15, 2020
Earlier, FAAN had disclosed that social distancing would also be maintained amidst persons at the airports while the use of facemasks within the airport premises will be enforced.
— FAAN (@FAAN_Official) June 8, 2020
Naija News recalls the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, had during a daily briefing by the task force in Abuja on June 1 announced that the aviation industry should start developing guidelines for the resumption of flights.
Aliyu said; “the aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.”