In a bid to get ready for resumption of international flights on September 5th, the Federal Ministry of Aviation listed 14 approved airlines.
Accordingly, the ministry arrived at the approval based on restrictions on Nigerian and resumption of international flights status of other countries according to a document shared on Twitter.
14 Approved Airlines for International Flights
|1.||Middle East Airlines||Lebanon|
|2.||British Airways||United Kingdom|
|3.||Delta Airlines||United States|
|8.||Virgin Atlantic||United Kingdom|
|11.||Air Cote d’ivoire||Cote d’ivoire|
However, the Aviation Ministry did not approve some major international airlines. Consequently, its minister said: “Air France, KLM, Etihad, Rwandair, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines, Air Namibia, and Royal Air Maroc are airlines denied entrance into the country.”
The approval of 14 Airlines is as result of earlier vow to implement a reciprocity clause by banning flights and airlines from countries that put similar bans on flights from Nigeria as nations open their airspace amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigeria recorded its first case of COVID-19 in an Italian who arrived in the country late February.
Since then, over 54,000 infections have been recorded leading to over 1,000 deaths.
Therefore, with this development, Nigeria is set for business with other nations of the world. Because, suspension of international flights since late February resulted in shrinking economic activities, thus, declined second quarter growth rate.
Nonetheless, more still need to be done by the government to cushion the adverse effects of the pandemic.
Accordingly, most public affairs analysts have suggested that COVID-19 outbreak gives room for rewriting the wrongs in the country economy. Therefore, some of their suggestions includes:
- A robust data system for better intervention;
- More transparency in administering intervention programmes; and
- Embrace digital economy.