The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has advised passengers to arrive at airports at least three hours before the scheduled time of flight, as the Authorities insists that this will be the new protocol ahead of the resumption of commercial flights in the country amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The new directive which was made by FAAN on Monday, via its twitter handle explained further that the early arrival by travellers would enable efficient checks and screening before boarding.
“COVID-19 Flight Resumption Protocol for Passengers: You are advised to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight due to the new COVID-19 safety checks,” it wrote.
FAAN also urged travellers to maintain two metres distance from each other at the airports while noting that persons not wearing their face masks will not be allowed into airports’ premises.
Recall that the Federal Government said civil aviation authorities will determine the resumption of domestic flights in the country in the country.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Aliyu had on June 1 said that “the aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.”
However, while giving an update on Thursday, he said the PTF was yet to receive any update from the aviation sector on its preparedness to restart commercial flight operations.
Nigeria’s airports and airspace were shut in March by the President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.