It’s been over two months since the Nigerian government shut down operations of all airports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that domestic airports are undergoing preparations for re-opening. Local flights will be allowed within the Nigerian airspace from 8th July 2020, while the airports will remain closed to international flights.
LIST OF AIRPORTS AND THEIR DATES OF RESUMPTION;
The airports are;
08 JULY 2020
- Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
- Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
11 JULY 2020
- Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt.
- Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
- Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.
- Maiduguri International Airport, Maiduguri.
15 JULY 2020
Other airports to resume.
GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING OF AIRPORTS
Following the fast-rising evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following measures have been installed by the Ministry of Health to ensure safe conduct and smooth operation in the aviation sector:
- Employers must ensure that staffs and flight attendants undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests at intervals of 14 days.
- Flight crew members are expected to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and implement Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures during flights.
- Airlines must train and sensitize their crew on Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures.
- Every aircraft must have sufficient stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers with a minimum of 70% alcohol content, and Universal Precaution Kits (UPK) on board.
- Flight crew must conduct a routine sanitation and disinfection of the lavatory and ensure passengers wash their hand appropriately after visiting the lavatory.
- Safe physical distance should be maintained and physical contact avoided between passengers and flight crew members.
- Only pre-packed meals should be served to passengers.
- Non-medical face masks and gloves worn by flight crew members can be removed when the cockpit is closed.
- Airports should have trained health professionals to conduct pre-flight and post-flight health screening, temperature screening, and visual inspection for passengers.
- Airports should encourage the introduction of electronic tools for data collection and entry, to avoid using paper.
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS
Travellers who are elderly, sick, or have underlying health conditions are advised not to travel by any means whatsoever. It is imperative for travellers to adhere to the following recommendations to lessen the risk of contraction:
- Cough hygiene – Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue paper, dispose it immediately after use and wash your hands appropriately.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from people, especially those showing possible symptoms.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Where that is not available, use alcohol-based sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your nose and mouth.
- You don’t have to use masks if there is no suspected risk of exposure. However, when you are in public places, it is important that you wear your mask appropriately.
- Travellers leaving affected areas should conduct a proper check on their health status. Many airports have testing kits to manage travellers at the point of entry. If symptoms are noticed, travellers are advised to stay in quarantine for monitoring.
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