The Federal Government has increased available seats of international airlines flights to 200 passengers per aircraft operating into the two designated airports Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
On resumption of flights the Federal government put the number of passengers into the two airports per day at 1,280.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu communicated the approved capacity increase to ‘All Foreign Airline Operators Flying Into Nigeria’ through the Air Operators Letter (AOL) dated October 2, 2020 which is also the effective date of the updated flight schedule.
“Following the partial resumption of international flights approved by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and subsequent request for additional flight frequencies by airlines updated flight schedule is 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 daily basis.
25, 200 seats per week is now available to foreign carrier to sell.
Captain Nuhu encouraged the operators to follow guided health protocols.
“You shall ensure that all flights operations are conducted in compliance with Covid-19 Health protocols as issued by Aeronautical and Public Health Authorities.”
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 are the currently approved carriers to operate into the country.
With this new development, airlines are expected to make more money with more sales of tickets.