The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, has approved an increase of passengers per flight for international airlines from 116 passengers to 200 with a total of 25, 200 seats per week for both Lagos and Abuja airports. International flights operate at only Abuja and Lagos airports and every day Lagos records 11 to 12 flights while Abuja records seven flights since resumption of International flights on September 5th.
The statement said the Federal Government approved capacity increase to ‘All Foreign Airline Operators Flying Into Nigeria’ through the Air Operators Letter (AOL) dated October 2 effective date of the updated flight schedule.
The statement said: “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 to see on the average, 2,200 passengers daily while the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to witness averagely, 1,400 passengers on daily basis. 25, 200 seats per week are now available to foreign carrier to sell.”
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.”