The leading German air carrier Lufthansa airline has announced plans to resume its flight operations in Nigeria ending almost eight(8) months of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the airline on Friday. Also this comes to a time when many Nigerians are bemoaning high cost of airfare across the country in which many airlines operators blames on the Central Bank Of Nigeria reluctance to issue foreign currency (Dollars) for easy importation of plenty parts of airlines for maintenance purposes making operators to seek parallel markets.
According to the airline, it is expected to do up to eight weekly departures scheduled from Lagos and Abuja Airports to Frankfurt. The German carrier also will offer up to five weekly departures from Lagos to Frankfurt and starting on 08 December also connect the capital Abuja with three weekly departures.
“All intending travellers to Nigeria must have tested negative for Covid-19 as PCR test in the country of departure pre-boarding. The PCR test must be done within 120 hours before departure and preferably within 72 hours pre-boarding. International travellers will require a second test to be done in Nigeria, seven days after arrival.
“All long-haul flights depart from Nigeria in the evening as overnight flights, arriving in Lufthansa’s main hub Frankfurt in the early morning. This allows all passengers from Nigeria to get the full choice of connecting flights to European, American and Asian destinations, leaving all from the same terminal 1.” Said by Adenike Macaulay, General Manager, Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea Lufthansa Group Airlines.
‘’As we have received the final permission to reopen our flight operations, we are happy to be the first airline to reconnect Nigeria directly to the centre of Europe and onwards to all other continents. We offer a considerable number of flights to the US and Canada, allowing our Nigerian guests to have family members and friends again at reach throughout the world. Health and safety continue to be our top priority and we are committed to maintaining strict adherence to hygiene regulations for all our flights.”
What you need to know.
Lufthansa flights out of Nigeria were suspended from 23 March 2020 until 19 April 2020. The last flights from Lagos, Abuja & Port Harcourt only operated on Sunday 22 March 2020, to resume on 20 April 2020 as currently planned.