The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), is preparing to commence light flights at major airports in a bid to avoid chocking the system.
The NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu stated this at a virtual event organised by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) titled COVID-19: The Challenges and Opportunity for Nigeria’s Aviation Value Chain, During and Post.
He said: “We may resume domestic operations with four or five airports and we hope to expand as we get better. We don’t want to rush everything at the same time and get it choked up.’’
The NCAA boss further stated that discussions are on-going on the feasibility of making profit while observing social distancing during flight operations.
He said: “Every money is important and we cannot achieve the two-meter physical distance. We are hopeful in the next few days we can resolve those issues and allow the airlines to commence operations.’’
“We have made our suggestion and recommendations and we are awaiting feedback from the Ministry of Aviation.”
Nuhu however stated that there are considerations on leaving the middle seats in an aircraft vacant in order to ensure social distancing and prevent possible spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
NCAA has however released COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Federal Ministry of Health for the aviation industry.
The protocols which are for Nigeria-based crew operating international flights states in part that the crew members are now required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of their flights.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had on March 13 it shut all airports for one month and later extended it by two weeks. On May 6, the government further extended the airports’ closure by four weeks until June 7.