FG threaten to suspend domestic flights over breach of COVID-19 protocols

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The federal government has lamented the flagrant breach of COVID-19 protocol put in place to curb the spread of the dreaded virus by some airlines operating domestic flights in the country, and threatened to cancel approval to resume domestic operations.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a letter directed to local airlines warned defaulters to desist from the act or face “severe penalties”.

The regulatory agency stressed that the resumption of domestic operations was predicated on compliance with COVID-19 protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The letter was titled, ‘Non-Compliance With COVID-19 Protocol’ and signed by NCAA director-general, Capt Musa Nuhu.

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According to the letter, “it has been brought to the notice of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority that some domestic airline operators have not been complying with the COVID-19 protocol as released through All Operators Letter (AOL) DG 035/20 ref. NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/260 dated 4th September, 2020 and Advisory Circular (AC) NCAA-AC-AMS-006 dated 4th September, 2020.

“Approvals for resumption of domestic operations are predicated on compliance with the above protocol.

“This is a warning to all domestic operators who are not in compliance to desist from such acts immediately.

“The continued non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocol will attract severe penalties up to and including cancellation of approval to resume domestic operations. Please be guided accordingly.”

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