NCAA restores in-flight refreshments


In-flight refreshments on local and international flights hitherto suspended at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic are to resume immediately.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, at the National briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,  said the decision was taken in consideration of the businesses that were adversely affected by the suspension.

He however said that modalities and protocols for the resumption of the services would be worked out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in line with international practices.

Sirika also reiterated the plan to resume international flight operations at the international wings of the Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt Airports.

He said members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 would soon visit the airports for simulation exercises to ascertain their readiness for international operations.

The minister disclosed that a technical working group comprising of agencies involved in the facilitation of passengers had been set up to ensure that all standards required for seamless operations at the airports earmarked for resumption of international flights.

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On the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria, Sirika said discussions were on to resolve the issues involved, even as he restated the country’s position on the impropriety of the extra COVID-19 tests the airline was demanding of Nigerian travellers.