"Airports Are 90% Ready For Reopening" - Says The Federal Government.
Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika said Nigerian airports are 90 percent ready to start operating as the country prepares to lift travel bans. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He also said the remaining 10 percent is on the cleaning surface and the bag will be perfected as soon as the flight begins.
The minister also stated that non-traveling assistants of all dignitaries would no longer be allowed in the terminal as part of the new protocol.
Speaking at a press conference after evaluating the physical changes and the readiness of the Nnamdi Azikiwe, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International International Airport, Lagos, the minister said: secondly, it is to use protective materials such as a mask and a face shield. Third, maintain hygiene. Fourth, it is to clean the area and surfaces and this is a function of the robot itself. passenger identification
"All that has happened here is making sure we don't spread COVID-19."
At the time of going through this new protocol, the minister said that "the experience is quite good, but it takes some time so you will have to be at the airport three hours before your departure time for local flights. Internationally, we can do five hours. "
Speaking about in-flight protocol, he said: "There will also be social distance on the plane. But new ideas are coming to the table on how to stay seated to make the carbine economically sound and ensure we don't infect each other. Those new rules. they are arriving and we will implement them in such a way that the flights are profitable. WHO and ICAO have developed session protocols. "
It should be noted that the Nigerian Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) conducted the simulation exercise to test all protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at airports prior to the start of the flight.
The simulation exercise, which started around 8 a.m., saw passengers go through the 3-hour protocol before boarding the Aero Contractor flight around 11:20 p.m.
The flight was operated in a B737 marked NG110 with 51 passengers on board.
Meanwhile, during the simulation exercise, it was noted that a physical note of 1.5 million, two hand washing areas and one area of disinfectant bags were placed at the Abuja and Lagos airports.
In addition, hand sanitizers were placed at strategic locations and at the entrance to the aircraft, even when Port Health workers were seen taking the temperature levels of the target passengers.
Passengers had to follow all protocols at all times.
Nigerian airports have been closed for more than three months to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.