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KLM and Air France Resume Flight to Abuja and Lagos Nigeria.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France announced that from 7 December they would gradually resume flight operations to Abuja and Lagos.

According to a report by Punch, the airlines announced in a statement on Monday that Air France and KLM will now fly foreign passengers from Nigeria (Abuja and Lagos) to Paris and Amsterdam, with the prospect of more transfers to other destinations in the European and North Atlantic regions.

The airline asked customers in a piece of travel advice to ensure that they are well prepared for their trip and to review the entry and travel criteria for their destination and transit countries before making any travel arrangements in line with travel restrictions and government permissions. This is as, with short notice, the entry requirements can change.

General Manager Air France KLM Nigeria and Ghana, Michel Colleau said, “Flights to and from Lagos and Abuja will be operated in strict compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and international health protocols, adhering to the highest standards of health and hygiene.”

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Remember that the Federal Government banned Air France and KLM airlines and some other international airlines from operating flights to the country in September 2020.

The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika has confirmed that Air France and KLM have not been given permission for flight operations because tourist visa holders had not been given permission to enter their countries.

It was earlier reported that the Federal Government had given a go-ahead to Lufthansa, Air France/KLM and Qatar Airways to resume flight operations into the country.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a  lot of restriction and the aviation industry africa was not left out. With the authorisations of KLM and Air France, Nigeria can only hope that this will be would help alleviate the economic recession currently rocking the nation.

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