A British company owned Aircraft has been impounded by the Federal government for operating commercial flights into Nigeria without approval.
Announced ing this on his Twitter handle, @hadisirika on Sunday, the Minister of Aviation, Had I Sirika explained that the company had gone beyond its bounds.
According to him, the company, Flair Aviation, was granted approval to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.
He explained that in addition to the confiscation,, a “maximum penalty” would be imposed on the company for the contravention of FG’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
His tweet said “COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably, we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolved”.
Newsannexonline recallss that the Federal government had shut the country’s airports and airspace in March as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Only flights conveying medical supplies or evacuating citizens have been authorized by the Ministry of Aviation to operate since then.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, further announced on May 6 the country’s airports and airspace were to remain shut for additional four weeks following experts advice.