NIGERIA: Fare Hike, Flight Delays, Multiple Checks Await Air Travellers

In preparation of reopening of  Airports across the country for commercial flight services , the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria(FAAN)has  introduced new safety measures at aerodromes.

The Authority, following the decontamination of Lagos and Abuja airports, said health screening would be more thorough to warrant several checks from the point of arrival at the airport to departure, as a result of this development travellers are expected to arrive early as there will be longer check-in, flight delays, checks and re- checks all in observance of safety protocols

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, also disclosed that escorts of VIPs would no longer be allowed to tag along with their principals into the terminals, just as the VIPs would now be subjected to all safety and security checks.

she made the disclosure while speaking at an aviation webinar forum, organised by Women in Aviation, Nigeria, said it was a dispensation of new normal that requires all travelling passengers to prepare for the worst but expect the best.

At all airports, she said, social distancing would be observed 100 per cent. Temperature screening, wearing of face masks, disinfection of shoes and luggage of passengers would also be carried out regardless of personalities.

“There will be floor markings indicating where each passenger will wait on the queue. Arriving passengers will also be subjected to temperature screening; physical distancing too will be observed while passengers are waiting by the carousel to pick up their luggage. Passengers are expected to arrive at the airport with their face masks on, their luggage and pairs of shoes to be disinfected.

“We are, therefore, going to expect flight delays from multiple checks and re-checks. If you are travelling, I will expect a potential traveller to leave home hours before his flight because there are going to be a lot of checks at the front of the terminal. We have been told that some activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So, air travellers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time.”

And for all these extra measures, Yakubu added, passengers should also expect airlines to hike fare tickets and rates.

with additional information from the guardian.ng

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