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The Federal government on Thursday has said it would apply the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations into the country as it opens its airspace.
The government explained that what this means is that only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria will be allowed to fly into and out of Nigeria.
The rationale behind this new move is the ban on Nigerian flight to the EU. In reciprocating the unfair gesture airlines from the European Union would not also be allowed into Nigeria.
Earlier reports stated that the Council of the European Union had opened its borders to 15 countries, excluding Nigeria, to date information on the EU websites states that Nigeria was still not a part of the countries from where visitors were allowed into the EU.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika represented by the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said Nigeria’s position was informed by the ban placed by some countries on flights from Nigeria adding 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.”