The Federal Government has lifted ban on Lufthansa, Air France/KLM and Qatar Airways and given approval for the airline operators to commence international flights into the country.
This is coming as the apex government also explained that plans are being concluded for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport and Enugu Airport to begin operations for foreign travelers before end of 2020.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who made the disclosure on Tuesday said that consultations are ongoing with relevant stakeholders, particularly the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on modalities for the foreign travelers.
Through a tweet on his social media page, the minister said that approval for Qatar airway would be limited to Abuja for now while that of other states are still under considerations.
“We are working with Ministry of Health, CACOVID & The PTF to open Kano, Port Harcourt & possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year. Also Lufthansa, Air France/KLM have been given go-ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience,” the tweet read.
It would be recalled that as part of strategy to prevent spread of coronavirus to Nigeria, the apex government had in September said that Air France, KLM airline, and five other airlines would not be allowed to fly into the country upon reopening of international airspace.
Meanwhile, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa and Etihad Airways were banned by Nigerian government because Nigerians with tourist visas were banned from entering the listed airlines countries.