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As Nigeria inches towards the reopening of airports for international flights on the 5th September, the minister of aviation Hadi Sirika has released the list of the approved airlines for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

The airlines approved include British Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates Qatar, Kenya Airways and Middle East Airline, Egypt Air Emirate, Ethiopian Airline, WA, and Turkish Airline. Virgin Atlantic, Air Peace, Asky, Africa Ward Ghana, Air Cote d’lvoire,

Airlines that are not approved include Air France, KLM, Ethiad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Air Almaroq, Lufthansa, Angola, South Africa Airways.

On Saturdays, Lagos airport can welcome British Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates Qatar, Kenya Airways. For Abuja the airlines available include Ethiopian Air, BA, Egypt Air, Middle East, Middle East and Turkish Airline.

On Sunday, available airlines include Delta, Air Senegal, Virgin Atlantic, Ethiopian, AWA and Turkish while Abuja airport will receive BA, Egypt Air, Ethiopian, Emirate and AWA.

On Monday, for Lagos Turkish, Air Senegal, Virgin Atlantic, Quatar, AWA, Kenya Airways and British Airways. For Abuja on Mondays are BA, Emirates, Ethiopia and AWA.

Sirika stated that what was used to arrive at their decision was the Foreign Operator carrier operator Permit which is the requirement by the law for every airline operating in Nigeria, the Covid-19 guideline by the PTF and other guidelines and restrictions from other countries.

According to him all intending travellers to Nigeria must test negative to Covid-19 by PCR in country of departure and the test of the PCR must be before four days of departure preferably 72hrs before boarding and from certain Countries the PCR would only be accepted from identified laboratories.

He stated that test done more than four days before departure is not accepted and test done before such persons will not be allowed to board.

“All intending passengers are required to register on an online Nigeria International Travel payment portal here and also pay for a second repeat test to be done in Nigeria.”

“Once payment is completed passengers will receive an email for selected laboratory of their choice providing them with the laboratory link to register for the PCR test on the 7th day of their arrival. Passengers would be allowed to chose a sample collection center and an appointment time and date for sample collection.”

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