The Federal Government of Nigeria has fined a UK-based airline, Flairjet, the sum of N1million for violating COVID-19 commercial flights’ ban regulation.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who disclosed the report on Twitter says the fine was the maximum penalty provided for in the country’s civil aviation regulations.
The Federal Government had banned international and local flights in the country as part of the efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak and only allowed essential and emergency flights to operate in the airports.
According to Sirika, Flairjet had applied and received approval from the ministry of aviation to carry out humanitarian operations but was caught on May 17 operating commercial flight into Nigeria.
The flight crew has also been quarantined for 14 days in line with precautions recommended by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Flairjet were found to violate our Civil Aviation Regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV)7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2(VIII)(4). The maximum penalty for each is N500,000:00K. We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanor to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission.☹️😡🇳🇬
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) May 24, 2020
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