Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika explains why international travellers will have to arrive at the airport 5 hours before takeoff  

Prior to the scheduled reopening of airports across the country, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has announced that passengers on international flights will need to be at the airport five hours before the takeoff of their flight.

The minister who said this on Saturday, June 27, during an inspection of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, said they are putting in place the necessary equipment to help passengers adapt effectively to the new normal and ensure that time is not wasted.

According to Mr. Sirika, “We will announce all the protocols again before opening. But you need to be at the airport three hours ahead of your flight. 

“The experience is quite nice but it takes a bit of time which is why you will need to be at the airport three hours before your local flight. For an international flight, we may do five hours.”

 On profitability of the aviation business upon the resumption, the Minister said;

 “Those new norms are coming and we will implement them in such a way that flights are profitable. The World Health Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation have developed protocols of the sitting.”

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