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Coronavirus: Airlines in Nigeria suspend flights

Air Peace has announced that it is suspending all scheduled local flights, effective 2300hrs on Friday 27 March “as result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” a statement released by the management reads.

“The difficult decision was reached in order to support the efforts of the federal government and other stakeholders in curbing the spread of this virus in our naion, while also protecting our esteemed passengers and staff from becoming victims of the pandemic.”

Azman Air, announcing its suspension of flights for two weeks, says “the consensus was reached after a detailed consultation with stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation industry”.

Dana Airlines also announced a suspension of its flights, effective 25 March “in line with precautionary measures by the Lagos State government to stem the spread of the COVID-19.

Aero, the oldest operating commercial airline in the country, says it is suspending flights – effective midnight 26 March — in line with government’s directive prohibiting gatherings of more than 20 persons.

While asking customers to appreciate its decision, it assures them that all previously booked flights will be honoured after the hiatus.

All flights on Arik Air will be suspended from 27 March. “Customers who have confirmed tickets can still use their tickets when we resume operations” at no extra cost. “Your safety and well being are paramount at this period of health emergency.”

The Nigerian government had announced the closure of all its international airports, with the last flights leaving the country at around 2300 hours on Tuesday 24 March, though domestic flights were unaffected by the decision.

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