International flights: Nigeria increases capacity to 200 passengers, lists approved airlines


Nigeria has increased seats on flights of international airlines to 200 passengers per aircraft. Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, announced this on Saturday.

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, are currently designated for international operations.

The new directive took effect October 2.

The official, in a letter to airlines, said the development followed the Presidential Task Force (PTF) approval and subsequent request for additional flight frequencies.

Nuhu noted that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport is to see on the average, 2,200 passengers daily, while the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will witness 1,400 averagely.

A total of 25, 200 seats per week is now available to foreign carriers to sell, he said.

The NCAA DG encouraged the operators to follow the prescribed health protocols.

“You shall ensure that all flight operations are conducted in compliance with COVID-19 Health protocols as issued by Aeronautical and Public Health Authorities”, he said.

Nuhu listed British Airways, Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, Africa World Airlines, Asky, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Delta Airlines and Egypt Air as approved carriers.

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