The Federal Government has suspended a British aircraft company for operating commercial flights into Nigeria without approval.
This was made public by the the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Sunday via his Twitter handle.
Though the company, Flair Aviation, has licence to conduct humanitarian flights it was however, caught operating commercial flights.
Sirika explained that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a “maximum penalty” would be imposed on the company for the contravention of FG’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Following the announced lock-down, commercial flight operations, both local and international, had been suspended with immediate effect but the President’s directive allowed the operation of essential flights including those for medical and evacuation purposes, among others, which are subject to the authorization of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and agencies under it.
On May 6, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced that the closure of the country’s airports and airspace were further extended by four weeks after due consultations with experts.