FAAN Begins Preparations For Flight Resumption In Nigeria, Interacts With Munich Int’l Airport

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigerian (FAAN) has begun preparations for flight resumption in compliance with the Nigeria’s Federal Government’s directive. This was revealed on the agency’s twitter page.

The preparations entail varied measures to ease facilitation and help prevent passengers and other airport users from contracting COVID-19 as flight operations resume soon.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had recently revealed that domestic airlines would resume operations from June 21, 2020 on the premise of successful implementation of approved protocols for safe operations.

Furthermore, in the efforts to begin the reopening of some of the airports in the nation, FAAN said it held a skype meeting with Munich Airport International to share experiences and compare notes on the effects of the COVID19 lockdown on the airports.

The meeting which was at the instance of the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, had in attendance the Munich Airport Expert Team, Herbert Keffel, Georgios Elkolids and Julian Duerdoth and was coordinated by Mr. Fortune Idu, Managing Director of FCI International Ltd with Mrs. Nike Aboderin, the Director of Finance as the team lead on the Nigerian side of 30 FAAN participants.

The aim was to assess the readiness of FAAN to gradually begin operations, following the Federal Government’s directive for reopening of the four regional airports.

Capt. Yadudu commented that ‘while FAAN is responding to the guidelines set by NCAA for gradual airport reopening and POST COVID 19 operations, it is important also to compare notes with other airports in the world to make sure we are on the right track and join the global industry in building back travel confidence.

Munich airport has successfully reopened its airport and has recommenced domestic and international flights, so it is worth sharing their experience with them, according to the MD of FAAN. Furthermore, FAAN said it intends to begin involving itself in route development and therefore, collaborative efforts between Munich and FAAN can help in that direction.

The presentation via skype simulated from Germany and England was tagged Rapid Aviation Plan by Mr. Georgios Elkolids. Herbert Keffel highlighted the steps and considerations which Munich Airport International adopted towards the successful reopening of the airport.

Though there are guidelines issued by ICAO and ACI for the purpose of the reopening, the guidelines become more successful if they are adapted based on the peculiarities of the airport environment which Munich has successfully done.

Also, the Munich airport team not only compared notes on how they have carried out flow management and social distancing orders with the FAAN team but also showed a willingness to continue the backend co-operation and information sharing to help build traffic, passenger confidence and also improve operational efficiency, non-aeronautical services and route development.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had named five airports including the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos; Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri; Port Harcourt Airport; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano, and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, where domestic flights will commence, as announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Air operators have engaged in preparations and test flights in readiness for the resumption of flights under due observance of safety and health protocols required to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Air operations in Nigeria have been suspended since March as one of the measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. Passengers are also eager to travel around the country, which necessitates the strict observance of health and safety protocols as air transport reopens in Nigeria.

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  1. Very impressed so far with the mirroring of Munich airport style of reopening. The earlier we open both domestic and international flights in Nigeria the better.

    1. Please reopen fast as Nigerians are languishing in different parts of the world. They are running low on funds & no money to start buying new tickets

    2. Me i just want to leave And . begin a fresh start else where so the international flight should resume.

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      It is purely a federal government decision, depending on how the government perceives the state of the pandemic over the coming weeks.

  2. I will suggest that FAAN reopen four international airports for passenger travels and test passengers at the airport both on arrival and departure and let the travellers bear the cost of testing.

    1. Every one need to go back to work, we in diaspora losing our job and we do have family over there missing us. I prayed this pandemic pass us over

      1. Am really stranded in Dubai when will international airport opening because people are dearly suffering here we need to come back home please 🙏

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      International flights would possibly follow closely after the domestic, but a lot depends on the state of the COVID-19 and what the Federal Government eventually says.

      1. I think its best the airport starts running international flight on time before the month ending , Nigeria needs to earn more income to the services and spare away the case’s along side with aid and equipment, because nigeria should follow policies on how to ditect and controll the passenger’s as other countries does with their terms on their service’s

  3. Every one need to go back to work, we in diaspora losing our job and we do have family over there missing us. I prayed this pandemic pass us over

  4. I understand that the government is concerned about COVID-19 pandemic and its spread throughout the country, but it should not be forgotten that many Nigerians abroad are waiting to return to Nigeria, and many of them do not have enough money and facilities to stay longer. Many are in a similar situation in Nigeria. Also, many patients have to be sent abroad for treatment, which is not currently possible. As for me, I’m losing my job in Nigeria because I can’t go to Nigeria and I know a lot of other people have the same problem. I hope that soon, with all the necessary measures in place, it will be decided to reopen the international flights.

  5. please help the situation of nigerians in UAE,please many nigerians can not afford to pay the repatriation flight fare of 250,000 naira on a one way.please open to save us from fine and penalties from UAE government.we are suffering here in UAE

  6. We kindly request the FG to reopen international flight as soon as possible. As a lot of people have their Job outside the country. with the look of things lock down will not be the total solution to the problem, they should only find away to manage it and everything will be get back to normal gradually. other countries have started reopening their airport and started operation. Thanks.

  7. Please open for international plane to bring in people that are stranded outside the country to come. We have spend a lot where we are. Federal government should open airport. Some Nigerians that visited home are stranded in Nigeria. Some left their kids alone, just to touch home and return back to their families and work. Please help us.

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