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    COVID-19: FG to ban some countries from flying to Nigeria

COVID-19: FG to ban some countries from flying to Nigeria

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says the federal government will not allow some countries to operate international flights to Nigeria. Addressing journalists at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday, Sirika said the government will not be in a hurry to resume international flights as whatever decisions to be made would be in the interest [...]

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    COVID-19: Meals will no longer be served aboard domestic flights, says Sirika

COVID-19: Meals will no longer be served aboard domestic flights, says Sirika

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says food will no longer be served on domestic flights when operations resume. Speaking on Monday at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sirika said the decision is part of efforts to control the spread of the novel coronavirus on flights. "For this domestic operation, there will be no food. No food [...]

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    Domestic flights to resume July 8 at Lagos, Abuja airports

Domestic flights to resume July 8 at Lagos, Abuja airports

Hadi Sirika, the minister for aviation, has announced that domestic flights would resume on July 8, 2020. In a tweet on Wednesday, Sirika said operations would resume at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja on July 8 with other airports to follow. "I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations [...]

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    Sirika: International travellers may need to arrive airport 5 hours before takeoff

Sirika: International travellers may need to arrive airport 5 hours before takeoff

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says intending passengers on international flights may have to be at the airport five hours before their flight's takeoff. Sirika, on Saturday, said this would be part of the operation guidelines when flight operations begin. The minister led members of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on an inspection of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja [...]

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    Sirika: I challenge anyone who has ever given me bribe to speak up

Sirika: I challenge anyone who has ever given me bribe to speak up

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says he has never asked for or received a bribe and has challenged anyone who has contrary information to come forward. Sirika, on Monday, said the clarification became necessary after backlash from Nigerians on Twitter accusing the ministry of aviation of demanding money before flights are approved. Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in [...]

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    FG says domestic flights may resume on June 21

FG says domestic flights may resume on June 21

The federal government says the restrictions placed on domestic flights may be lifted on June 21. Speaking on Monday at the daily briefing of the presidential task force for COVID-19, Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, said industry stakeholders should start developing protocols towards flight resumption. "The aircrafts have been parked for three months, we have to ensure that within now and [...]

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    Sirika: Flairjet fined N1 million for violating COVID-19 flight ban

Sirika: Flairjet fined N1 million for violating COVID-19 flight ban

The federal government has fined Flairjet Aviation Company N1 million for disobeying the COVID-19 commercial flights' ban rule. In a statement on Sunday, Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, said the fine was the maximum penalty provided for in the country's civil aviation regulations. "Flairjet were found to violate our civil aviation regulations IS 1.3.3(a) table 2(IV)7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) table [...]

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    FG quarantines British pilots who flouted flight ban, vows to deal with airline

FG quarantines British pilots who flouted flight ban, vows to deal with airline

The federal government says it has quarantined the pilots of a British airline that flouted Nigeria's ban on commercial flights. At the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said the airline would be dealt with. TheCable had reported how Flairjet was caught operating commercial flights despite Nigeria's ban on commercial flights. The airline has not made any official comment [...]

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    FG seizes foreign aircraft for operating commercial flights to Nigeria

FG seizes foreign aircraft for operating commercial flights to Nigeria

Flair Aviation, an aviation company with ties to the United Kingdom, has been caught operating commercial flights into Nigeria. Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, said the aircraft has been seized and the crew are being interrogated. According to Sirika, the company was given clearance for humanitarian operations. According to information provided on its website, the company specialises in aircraft leasing and sales, [...]

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    Ayade asks Buhari to lift ban on domestic flights

Ayade asks Buhari to lift ban on domestic flights

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River state, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to lift the ban on domestic flights. He said lifting the ban is necessary as the economic loss being incurred is be too much for the country to bear. On May 6, the federal government imposed an additional four-week ban on flight operations across the country as a measure to [...]

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    COVID-19: Airports to remain closed for another two weeks, says FG

COVID-19: Airports to remain closed for another two weeks, says FG

The federal government says has extended the closure of airports for an additional two weeks. Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said the extension is as a result of the lockdown of Abuja and Lagos. Writing via his Twitter handle, Sirika, however, said the measure is subject to review, and only applies to normal operations. "As a result of the extension on lockdown by [...]

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    Sirika: Flight ban won’t affect cargo, humanitarian aircraft

Sirika: Flight ban won’t affect cargo, humanitarian aircraft

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says Nigeria’s international airports are still open to aircraft in distress, those used for cargo and humanitarian purposes.  As part of the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the federal government had on Saturday barred international flights from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. But in a series of tweets on Monday, [...]

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    Sirika to local airlines: Take advantage of our bad roads… develop routes

Sirika to local airlines: Take advantage of our bad roads… develop routes

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, has asked local airlines in the country to take advantage of the country's population and bad roads, and develop routes. Sirika said this while reacting to complaints of the local airlines that foreign airlines are taking up more routes which they "should be flying". In an interview with Channels TV on Monday, the minister said while he [...]

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    Hadi Sirika: Enugu airport will be ready before Easter

Hadi Sirika: Enugu airport will be ready before Easter

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu state will be completed before Easter. Easter, an annual celebration which usually holds between March and April, is the time when Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While carrying out inspection at the airport on Thursday, Sirika expressed satisfaction with the level of work [...]

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    Turkish Airlines complies with NCAA’s directive — two days before suspension

Turkish Airlines complies with NCAA’s directive — two days before suspension

The Turkish Airlines has complied with the directive of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) two days before the suspension of its operations in the country. The NCAA had said the airline will not be allowed to operate in Nigeria from December 16 if it did not meet set regulations. The agency said the airline would not be allowed to operate [...]

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    Hadi Sirika: Arik Air not suitable for national carrier

Hadi Sirika: Arik Air not suitable for national carrier

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says the federal government has no intentions to convert Arik Air into a national carrier. Fielding questions from journalists at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the minister said Arik Air will not be suitable for the carrier that the ministry is planning. Ahmed Kuru, the managing director of the Assets [...]

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