The Federal Government has increased the available seats on the flights of international airlines to 200 passengers per aircraft operating into the two designated airports, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt Musa Nuhu, disclosed the approved capacity increase to all foreign airline operators flying into Nigeria through the Air Operators Letter dated October 2, 2020, which is also the effective date of the updated flight schedules.

Nuhu said, “Following the partial resumption of international flights approved by the Presidential Task Force and the subsequent request for additional flight frequencies by airlines, an updated flight schedule is hereby given.

“The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the new update is to see, on the average, 2,200 passengers daily, while the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is to witness, averagely, 1,400 passengers on a daily basis. A total of 25,200 seats per week is now available to foreign carriers to sell.”

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nuhu encouraged the operators to follow the prescribed health protocols, saying, “You shall ensure that all flight operations are conducted in compliance with COVID-19 health protocols as issued by Aeronautical and Public Health Authorities.”

The NCAA boss added that British Airways, Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, Africa World Airlines, Asky, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Delta Airlines and Egypt Air were the currently approved carriers to operate into the country.

“With this new development, airlines are bound to make more sales,” he said.