Nigeria conducts test flight ahead of airport reopening
The Nigerian Government on Saturday conducted a flight simulation exercise ahead of the resumption of domestic flights in the country.
The exercise commenced around 8am, as passengers went through the stipulated protocols before boarding an Aero Contractor flight at about 11:20am.
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.
At the simulation exercise, which was attended by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the government tested all protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at airports.
For about three months the country’s airspace had been shut to commercial flights both locally and internationally due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu, said last week that the date for the reopening of airports would be announced anytime soon.
He said most gaps had been closed and that the airspace would be reopened very soon.
During the simulation exercise on Saturday, it was observed that passengers maintained about two metres distance apart from each other while boarding after Port health workers checked the temperatures of the travellers.