Africa: Nigeria aviation authorities increases Int’l airlines capacity to 200 passengers per flight to Lagos and Abuja


The Federal Government of Nigeria has increased available seats on the flights of international airlines to 200 passengers per aircraft operating into the two designated airports (Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja) in the country.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu communicated the approved capacity increase to ‘All Foreign Airline Operators Flying Into Nigeria’ through the Air Operators Letter (AOL) titled ‘Updated Schedule For International Flights Operations’ and dated October 2, 2020, which is also the effective date of the updated flight schedule. “Following the partial resumption of international flights approved by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and subsequent request for additional flight frequencies by airlines updated flight schedule is given.”

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the new update to see on the average, 2,200 passengers daily while the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to witness average 1,400 passengers daily. 25, 200 seats per week are now available to the foreign carriers to sell.

Capt. Nuhu encouraged the operators to follow guided health protocols. “You shall ensure that all flight operations are conducted in compliance with Covid-19 Health protocols as issued by Aeronautical and Public Health Authorities.”

British Airways, Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, Africa World Airlines, Asky, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Delta Airlines, and Egypt Air are the currently approved carriers to operate into the country.

With this new development, airlines are bound to make more sales.


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