President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration has threatened to suspend domestic flight operations over flagrant disregard for COVID-19 protocols.
The federal government said continued flouting of COVID-19 protocols will attract heavy penalties which includies cancellation of approval to resume domestic operations.
The government made this known in a letter signed by Musa Nuhu, director-general of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
NCAA said the resumption of domestic operations was done on the ground that the airlines would adhere with the COVID-19 protocol put in place by the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In the letter titled: ‘Non-Compliance With COVID-19 Protocol’, which was addressed to airlines, the regulatory agency warned defaulters to desist from flouting the rules, or face severe sanctions, which may lead the reversal of the approval granted to the affected operators.
“It has been brought to the notice of the NCAA that some domestic airline operators have not been complying with the COVID-19 protocol as released through all operators letter (AOL) DG 035/20 ref. NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/260 and advisory circular (AC) NCAA-AC-AMS-006 both dated September 4, 2020,” the letter read.
“Approvals for the resumption of domestic operations are predicated on compliance with the above protocol.
“This is a warning to all domestic operators who are not in compliance to desist from such acts immediately.
“The continued non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocol will attract severe penalties up to and including cancellation of approval to resume domestic operations. Please be guided accordingly.”