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Lufthansa, Air France/KLM to resume flights to Nigeria

After several months of flight suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic, German Lufthansa, Air France and the Royal KLM will be offering flights to Lagos and Abuja again starting on 7 December.  Since the beginning of the global health crisis, no airline has operated direct flights between Nigeria and the European Union, as the Nigerian government had imposed a reciprocal …

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Lufthansa to introduce rapid pre-boarding Covid-19 tests

German airline Lufthansa may soon introduce rapid tests before certain flights to detect Covid-19 in passengers.  The tests are being developed by the Basel-based pharmaceutical company Roche, according to reports in the NZZ am Sonntag and SonntagsZeitung. It is unclear on which flights the tests, which could cost around €10 per passenger, will be trialled, the papers said. Lufthansa said …

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Nigeria approves Emirates for flights again, reaches agreement with UAE

Nigeria has agreed to lift the ban placed on Emirates Airlines, which prevented it from operating in and out of the country. According to a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu on Wednesday, the development was based on an undertaking by the authorities of the United Arabs Emirates (UAE). The statement quoted the Minister …

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Nigeria bars Emirates Airlines from operating flights into country

Nigeria has barred Emirates Airlines from operating in and out of the country. Announcing the decision on Twitter, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the ban will take effect from Monday, 21 September 2020. The tweet read: “The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’ situation was reviewed …

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German court rules on refusal of airline to carry passengers under alcohol influence

If a passenger under the influence of alcohol conducts themselves in a way that endangers air safety, an airline can refuse to carry the passenger and order their expulsion from the flight, a District Court (Amtsgericht) in Frankfurt has ruled. A man had booked flights for himself and his wife from Bogota, Columbia, to Stuttgart, Germany, on the airline, whose …

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Nigeria reopens all airports for domestic flights

All airports in Nigeria are now open for domestic flight operations, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced on Monday. He made the announcement in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, adding that approvals for flights within the country would not be needed from the ministry again, as all airports had been cleared for domestic …

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Travelling to Nigeria? Here’s what you should know

On 3 September 2020, the Nigerian government specified the relevant coronavirus containment protocols for the resumption of international commercial flights at the Lagos and Abuja airports on 5 September 2020. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, also released the list of foreign airlines allowed to fly in and out of Nigeria while speaking at the bi-weekly briefing of the Presidential …

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Ghana resumes international flights after 5 months of Covid-19 break

Ghana reopens air borders to international travel on 1 September after closing them in March to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Delivering his 16th address to the nation since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo announced that government had decided to re-open the airport because public health officials can now conduct rapid tests to enable …

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Nigeria’s Enugu International Airport Reopens amid Fanfare

After more than a year of closure for rehabilitation and reconstruction works, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu in southeastern Nigeria was reopened for operations on Sunday. The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) shut down the airport on 24 August 2019 for repairs following outcry over its deplorable state, especially its runway. Speaking during the official reopening on Sunday, …

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Nigeria postpones resumption of international flights to 5 September

The Nigerian civil aviation authorities have postponed the resumption of international flights to 5 September. The earlier date for the restart of international operations at the country’s airports had been 29 August. Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, revealed the news during a Presidential Task Force COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Thursday. He said while …

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Nigeria bans flights from EU countries as international operations set to resume

When Nigerian airports resume international operations on 29 August, flights from EU countries would not be allowed. The decision was announced on Thursday in Abuja by the country’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. According to him, Nigeria is enforcing the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations in the country. This means that countries that ban …

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Nigeria to resume international flights on 29 August, Aviation minister announces

Nigeria will resume international flight operations on August 29, the Federal Government has announced. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He explained that the process for the resumption of international flights in the country would be similar to that of the domestic flight …

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Ghana’s president praised for aiding evacuation of stranded Europe-based Ghanaians

A Germany-based Ghanaian association has expressed its gratitude to the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo for the successful evacuation of Europe-based Ghanaians who were stranded in Ghana. Over 1705 persons, according to a statement issued by Ghanaian Community in Diaspora, have arrived safely in their respective countries in Europe whiles 85 stranded Ghanaians in Germany were also flown back to …

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Nigeria get set to resume international flights

The Federal Government of Nigeria has begun the process of restarting international flights. In a briefing on Thursday by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said approvals have been given for aviation authorities to commence the process for the resumption of international flights. Aliyu said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other aviation …

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Covid-19: Entering Germany from ‘high-risk’ countries – What you should know

Since Saturday, 8 August, mandatory testing applies to those entering the country from coronavirus high-risk countries and regions. Here’s how it functions: —– To whom does the mandatory test apply? In principle, every person who has been in a high-risk area in the last 14 days before entering the Federal Republic of Germany must be tested for the coronavirus. This …

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Travellers entering Germany must undergo mandatory coronavirus test — or pay €25,000

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has decided to make corona testing mandatory for people entering Germany. It will apply to all travellers entering Germany from high-risk areas from Saturday, 8 August. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s centre for disease control, lists the countries that are classified as high-risk areas on its website. The list of high-risk areas currently …

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