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Coronavirus: FG to divert all Int’l airlines to Lagos, Abuja

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Coronavirus: FG to divert all Int'l airlines to Lagos, Abuja

Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

Federal Government is considering the option of restricting all foreign airlines to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.

This was based on the advice on measures to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, aimed at enhancing full scale medical and security screening of travellers, especially those coming from Europe.

The implication is that the Port Harcourt, Kano and Kaduna international airports would be temporarily closed to foreign carriers until the Covid-19 scourge subsided.

Industry sources at the weekend said Nigeria was not left out in the control measures as both the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were considering the restriction options and would advise the government accordingly.

Director-General (DG) of the NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, said the regulator was committed to the safety of travellers and Nigeria’s National Health Security and would continue to do all that is necessary to ensure both.

Besides, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) said the outbreak of Coronavirus, especially in China would not affect the supply of petrol in the country.

Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu, noted that supply of petrol currently stood at 1,828.62 billion litres, while Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) were 423.27 million litres and 96.70 million litres.

 

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