The Federal Government has stated that airlines from the European Union would not be allowed into Nigeria as the EU had recently banned flights and visitors from Nigeria.
The Federal Government disclosed this on Thursday, revealing that Nigeria will enforce the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations into the country as it opens its airspace.
Speaking at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who was represented by the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, argued that the decision was taken in the interest of Nigerians.
He said, “On the list of countries (that are banned), we are working on the comprehensive list, but the main one that came up is when the EU opened their borders effective 1st July, Nigeria was among the list of 54 countries that were not allowed to enter the EU.”
“To my understanding, as the situation changes, they are going to look at the list and change it. But so far, we don’t have any contrary information to that first one that Nigeria is banned from going to the EU.”
“So, as we open our airspace, we are going to apply the issue of reciprocity to those (EU) countries.”
According to the government, what this means is that only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria will be allowed to fly into and out of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that following the ease of the COVID-19 lockdown the Council of the European Union had opened its borders to 15 countries, excluding Nigeria.