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Friday, September 04, 2020

Nigerian Govt Lists Banned Airlines As International Flights Resume

The federal government on Thursday, made it clear that only approved airlines will be allowed into Nigeria’s airspace, as international flights resume September 5th.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this during the media briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

Sirika noted that only the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, would reopen for international travels.


 Egyptair, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airlines, AWA, Kenya Airways and Middle East Airlines as airlines permitted to operate into the Lagos airport.

Sirika also listed British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, AWA, and Middle East Airlines as airlines allowed to operate into the Abuja airport.


 Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Angolan TAG, Air Namibia and Royal Air Maroc are not approved to operate flights into the country.

“Now, at this point, it is important that we announce the airlines that are allowed for operations into the country. The ones not approved are Air France. Middle East Airlines is approved for only Lagos (airport). British Airways (is) approved – allowed entry under Covid-19 protocol.

“The reason for Air France is that tourists business holders are not allowed entry. KLM not approved for the same reason as Air France. Delta Airlines, no restrictions – USA, we have an Open Skies with them and they also allow us in.

“Qatar Airways are allowed and approved under Covid-19 protocol. Etihad, not approved. Ethiopian Airlines allowed entry under Covid-19 protocol. Egyptair approved, allowed entry under Covid-19 protocol.

“Rwandair not approved. Air Peace, not applicable, they are our own carrier in Nigeria, we thank them. Virgin Atlantic, approved, allowed entry under COVID-19 protocol. Air Namibia, not approved. Asky, approved. Royal Air Maroc, not approved. African World Airways, Ghana, approved.

“Air Cote d’Ivoire, approved. Lufthansa, not approved. Kenya Airways approved. Emirates Airlines, approved. Turkish Airlines, approved. Cabo Verde not applicable as international flights are not resumed. Angolan TAG, not approved. South African Airways not applicable as international flights are yet to resume,” he said.

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  1. Before UK, USA and UAE won't be banned.

    1. Read again. Etihad is on the list.

    2. Emirates is allowed, check the list.

  2. Thank God I forgot to buy my mum’s ticket to Lagos yesterday. But BA is selling flight to Lagos. See confusion

    1. My dear. I am confused. My family have bought BA tickets to Lagos already. My mum is putting pressure that i buy mine but i think i will wait a little

  3. What the heck??
    They need to let AirFrance and Lufthansa in.

  4. Royal Air Marco hmmmmmm you guyz and your missing of luggage

    What do they mean at that last paragraph eg SA not approved because is an international airline?

  5. When their kids wanna return, we go see.

  6. What of Canada???

  7. No one I know I never go airport before,Govt for atleast name d countries wey dem ban me I knw dis ban on particular airlines ooo


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