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As the nation’s airspace and airports prepare to reopen to domestic flights beginning July 8, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has issued new guidelines for air travellers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lagos Airport

According to a statement signed by the Its spokesperson and General Manager Public Affairs; Mrs Henrietta Yakubu who disclosed this said the new guidelines were part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

FAAN stated that all passengers must arrive at the airport properly kitted with their face masks on and ensure a minimum of 1.5m physical distancing.

It added that aviation and Port Health Services personnel would screen each passenger and enforce compliance on the use of face masks and social distancing.

The statement partly read, “Those travelling with pets must get the necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services.

“All passengers’ luggage would be disinfected before entry into the departure halls.

“Passengers are required to wash their hands as often as possible. Hand sanitisers would be provided for passengers before entrance at the waiting halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates.

“All footwear would be disinfected/sanitised by foot mats placed at all entrances to the terminal building, amongst others.

“Physical distancing protocols must be observed at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitiser is also provided. Disinfected trolleys would be made available for passengers.

“All Covid-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing customs check.

“Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up, If you must speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security officer.”

Screening At Lagos Airport

She said: “Passengers are required to wash their hands as often as possible with the provision of hand sanitiser for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre boarding gates.

All footwear according to FAAN would be disinfected/sanitised by foot mats placed at all entrances to the terminal building.

Yakubu said arriving passengers are expected to observe physical distancing on disembarking from airplanes and same as they board the Co-Buses.

She said hand sanitizers would be provided in the buses.

She however warned that physical distancing protocols must be observed at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitiser will also be provided.

Yakubu further stated that disinfected trolleys would be made available for passengers, hinting that all COVID-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing Customs check.

Yakubu said : “Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up, If you MUST speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security (AVSEC) officer.

“Physical distancing would be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of port health services among others.

“In addition to the above guidelines, passengers are required to observe SOCIAL DISTANCING and make use of the floor markings at the security screening area. They must also comply with all other security guidelines as laid down by officials of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) department.”

She urged passengers and other stakeholders to respect and observe these necessary protocols, put in place for their protection.

 


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