Flight resumption: Nigeria expect 15,000 passengers from China, US, UK weekly – Reports

Nigeria may be set to welcome about 15,000 passengers flying into the country weekly, following the resumption of international flights in Lagos and Abuja airports on Saturday, according to PUNCH.

This comes despise Federal Government’s directive that only the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos would be opened for operations.

PUNCH reports that there would be 88 flights to the two airports; 47 flights into the Lagos airport and 41 into Abuja airport weekly, after it obtained a document from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

According to the document, signed by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, each flight could only carry a maximum of 200 passengers, regardless of the fact that many of the aircraft used by the foreign airlines have an average capacity of about 300 passengers.

From the information gathered, Checkout Magazine observed that 88 weekly flights into the two airports multiplied by the 200 passengers approved per flight would give 17,600 passengers weekly.

Meanwhile, upon resumption of flights on Saturday since the closure of the international airports in March, Middle East Airlines made the first entry into the Lagos airport on Saturday.

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