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Breaking: Nigerian Government lifts ban on Air France, Lufthansa, KLM operations

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Air France, KLM and Lufthansa have received approval to resume Nigerian Operations according to the Federal Government.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika wrote the European Airlines formerly suspended from operations are now allowed to fly including Qatar Airways.

The tweet reads,“We are working with ministry of health, CACOVID & the PTF to open Kano, Port Harcourt & possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year. Also Lufthansa, Air France/KLM has been given go-ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience????,” .

Nigeria Aviation Minister had banned flights from these countries for refusing Nigerian flights permission to land due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictive measures imposed.

“The principle of reciprocity will be applied,” Sirika had told reporters in August. “If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way.”

It is however not clear if Nigerians are now allowed to fly into Europe but the presidential task force on COVID-19 (PTF) had restricted 10 airlines from operating in the country when international flight resumed on September 5.

In March, the FG had shut down all airports to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Domestic flights resumed in all airports in July while international flights resumed at the Lagos and Abuja airports in September.

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