Flight operations have resumed at the Kaduna International Airport on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, amidst strict safety protocols.
The resumption of flight operations at the airport also recorded an impressive turnout of passengers.
The flight restart was kicked off with the arrival of Azman Air from Lagos to Kaduna at about 7:30 am, more than three months after the country’s air space was shut down for scheduled passenger service due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
At the airport’s departure hall, passengers were required to wear face masks, observe social distance and use hand sanitizers as thermometers were also used to check their body temperature.
Some of the passengers expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance in response to tackling COVID-19 and hoped the compliance will be sustained.
Following the approval for resumption of flight operations, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) released new guidelines for air travellers and other airport users.
The new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) according to the Manager of the Kaduna Airport and the Director of Aviation Security Services of FAAN, is aimed at protecting all passengers, staff and preventing further spread of disease.
The new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) at the airports entails that air passengers must ensure a minimum of one-point-five metres (1.5m) physical distancing, aviation medical/port health personnel will screen each passenger and ensure the use of face masks.
They are also required to wash their hands as often as possible, while all luggage must be disinfected before entry into the departure halls.