The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika,says, FlairJet, a British private charter company, affiliated to Flexjet, has been fined one million naira for violating COVID-19 airport directives in Nigeria.
The Minister disclosed this Sunday via his verified twitter handle.
“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.
“ We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanour to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission,” the minister said.
Newsannexonline recalls that the company was authorised to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.
The Federal Government had banned commercial flights from operating into Nigeria as part of measures to curb spread of coronavirus.
Only passenger flights, which evacuate people or repatriate Nigerian citizens are currently allowed to operate as all airports in Nigeria are closed to international commercial flights until at least June 4.
However, flights for essential services, such as delivery of food supplies and items for humanitarian use are allowed to operate.