OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
On Saturday flight simultation exercise commenced around 8am, ahead of the resumption of domestic flights in the country.
At about 11:20am, Passengers went through the stipulated protocols before boarding an Aero Contractor flight.
“they stated that, “We have hand sanitisers, we reduced the number of people in the hall and we have done everything possible to ensure that people are physically distant and wear their masks.”
“The remaining one which is about 5 per cent or so is to see surface cleaning ready and continuous. That would happen once we start.
We are ready with the chemicals and so on with the other one is the baggage claim
This is a dry run, I am 90, 95 per cent happy.”
“Aviation has shown what they can be done in the sector and by looking at things all around you, you know that things have changed,” he said.
For about three months the country’s airspace had been shut to commercial flights both locally and internationally due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu, stated that the date for the reopening of airports would be announced anytime soon.
A Boeing B737 aircraft marked NG110 with 51 passengers on board was used for the simulation exercise to-and-from the Abuja Airport and the Lagos Airport.
Simulation exercise, was attended by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while the government tested all protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at airports.