NCAA Suspends Azman Air Operations

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Azman Air flight operations.

This was announced in a statement signed on Tuesday by NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, and titled, “NCAA Suspends Azman Air Operations With Immediate Effect.”

Nuhu in the statement added that the suspension of the Air Operations is to enable the Authority to conduct an audit of the airline.

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“Following series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 Aircraft, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited, with effect from March 15, 2021.

“The suspension is to enable the Authority to conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause(s) of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions to forestall re-occurrence,” the statement read in part.

The NCAA said it regrets the inconvenience the action may cause to the public, “particularly to Azman air passengers but the need to ensure the safety of Air Transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to ensure compliance to its regulations in the interest of safety and will view any violation(s) seriously.”

Azman Air in a tweet also confirmed the suspension of all its flight operations.

“Due to our strong stance on safety, @AzmanAir will be undergoing an audit of its safety processes as supervised by the regulators.

“In this regard, all our operations is hereby suspended. We are on our toes to restore operations within a short period. Kindly accept our apologies,” the airline announced on its official handle @AzmanAir.

 

NCAA Lifts Ban On Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

In this file photo taken on December 9, 2020, a Boeing 737 MAX of Brazilian airline Gol lands at Salgado Filho airport in Porto Alegre, Brazil. SILVIO AVILA / AFP
In this file photo taken on December 9, 2020, a Boeing 737 MAX of Brazilian airline Gol lands at Salgado Filho airport in Porto Alegre, Brazil. SILVIO AVILA / AFP

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the lifting of the ban on Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in the Nigerian Airspace, following the two accidents involving the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft.

According to a communique signed by Capt. Musa Nuhu the Director-General of the NCAA, the approval is effective 12th February 2021.

Consequent to the two accidents of Lion Air Flight 610, an Indonesia flight that crashed into the Java Sea 13mins after takeoff, and Ethiopian Airlines flight 320, which crashed six minutes after takeoff, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika pronounced the ban on the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the Nigerian airspace.

On the 18th November 2020, the NCAA said it received a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) CAN-2020-24 advising it of the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) ongoing continued operational safety activities related to returning Boeing Model 737-8 and 737-9 (737 MAX) aircraft service.

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This, however, made the FAA issue a final rule/Airworthiness Directive (AD) that mandated the following actions for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft which includes;

Install new flight control computer software and new 737 MAX display system software;

Incorporate certain Airplane Flight Manual flight crew operating procedures, Modify horizontal stabiliser trim wire routing installations;

Conduct an angle of attack sensor system test; and

Conduct an operation readiness flight.

NCAA  says it recognizes that a Joint Authority Technical Review (JATR) that comprised of International Aviation Authorities such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada (TC) and the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority amongst others carried out a joint review of the Boeing 737 MAX safety system alongside FAA and NASA.

In the light of this, the FAA has released documents on Boeing 737 Flight Standardization Board Report, revision 17, identifying special pilot training for the 737 MAX and Safety Alert for Operators.

NCAA further noted that it recognizes the joint review of the Boeing 737 Max Safety System and came up with the following actions required of all foreign and domestic operators:

All intending domestic operators are required to work with the Boeing Company and NCAA for the Aircraft Type Certificate Acceptance Programme in order to have the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft registered in Nigeria and issued with a Standard Certificate of Airworthiness.

All foreign air operators that intend to operate the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into Nigeria must submit evidence of compliance with the FAA AD 2020-24-02

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to ensure strict compliance to Safety Regulations as violation[s] will be viewed seriously.

FG Suspends Emirates Flights From Nigeria

In this file photo taken on June 26, 2015 an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft sits on the tarmac at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP
File photo of an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft. PHOTO: Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP

 

The Federal Government has placed a 72-hour suspension on outbound Emirates flights from Nigeria.

This is contained in a circular issued on February 4 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The circular states that the suspension followed a violation of guidelines placed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

According to the circular signed by NCAA director-general, Musa Nuhu, the airline has been airlifting passengers from Nigeria using rapid antigen tests conducted by laboratories not approved by regulatory authorities.

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“Based on the foregoing and to enable the Nigerian government to put in place the needed infrastructure and logistics for COVID-19 RDT testing for departing passengers, the PTF has directed that Emirates Airlines should either accept passengers without RDT pending when the infrastructure and logistics are put in place or suspend its flights to and from Nigeria until such a time when the required infrastructure and logistics are fully established and implemented.

“Emirates Airlines has not been in compliance with the two options given by the PTF as records obtained from Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) indicates that Emirates Airlines operated the flights from both Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja” the circular read in part.

The NCAA said additional sanctions would be imposed on Emirates Airlines for the violations of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and COVID-19 protocols.

It also noted that the airline will be informed as to when to resume operations.

COVID-19 Protocols: NCAA Issues Warnings To Airlines, Passengers From UK, South Africa

File photo of passengers at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja following the resumption of international flights on September 7, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television.

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued warnings to foreign airline operators and passengers operating into Nigeria from the UK and South Africa.

The NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, issued warnings in a letter containing new protocols on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the letter, failure of the airlines from UK and South Africa to adhere strictly to the new travel rules will attract a penalty of $3,500 for each passenger boarded.

“The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 over the weekend issued new travel rules for passengers on direct flights from the UK and South Africa due to the variance of coronavirus discovered recently in these two countries.

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“The penalty is a fine of $3,500 for each passenger boarded and who fails to meet the new travel measures recently announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” the letter read in part.

The NCAA also notes that airlines will bear the burden of returning non-Nigerian defaulting passengers to point of embarkation for non-compliance to the new rules.

Punitive measures shall also be taken against airlines that are non-compliant. These punitive measures include but not limited to the following:

“(i) Airlines shall be fines $3,500 (Three thousand five hundred dollars) for each defaulting passenger.

(ii)Airlines may be required to return non-Nigerian defaulting passengers to point of embarkation.

(iii) Repeated non-compliance by any airline will lead to the suspension of the airline’s approval/permit to fly into the country.”

Also, for the two countries, passengers must present the following documents in order to be allowed to board their flight to Nigeria.

“Pre-departure “PERMIT TO FLY/QR code“generated from the Nigeria International Travel Portal (https://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) showing evidence of payment for the post-arrival day 7 COVID-19 PCR test and;

“Documentary evidence of a “NEGATIVE COVID-19“ PCR result done within 96 hours (4 days) of boarding from a verifiable laboratory or health facility.”

Nuhu added that passengers would be received and processed separately by the Public Health Authority on arrival in Nigeria.

The NCAA boss further said that all passengers would be required to self-isolate for seven days after arrival followed by a COVID-19 PCR test.

He stated that a dedicated register of arriving passengers from the United Kingdom and South Africa would be opened for enhanced surveillance and active enforcement of the protocols.

NCAA Advises Pilots, Airline Operators On Severe Weather

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A logo of the NCAA.

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators on severe dust haze/fog phenomenon prevalent in Nigerian airports.

A statement by the aviation authority states that the adverse weather condition expected to subsist from October in the far North; November over the North Central; and December over the Southern part of the country. In addition, early morning fog may also be experienced in the months ahead especially along with the coastal areas in the South.

“With the issuance of this circular signed by the Director-General, Capt Musa Nuhu, the NCAA-AEROMET-29 of August 2020 is accordingly cancelled.

“This weather advisory circular is necessary to bring forth the evolving weather information to the attention of all stakeholders who need to perform their roles”.

Therefore, to ensure safe and efficient flight operations during this period, Pilots, Operators and Air Traffic Controllers Pilots are directed to observe a series of responsibilities enumerated below forthwith:

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(I.) Flight Crews/Operators and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) shall be conversant with each aerodrome weather minima and ensure strict adherence to the requirements;

(II) Air Traffic Controllers may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as heavy fog or severe dust haze reducing the visibility to below airport operating minimal are observed or forecast by Nimet;

(III.) Pilots/Flight Crew Members shall obtain adequate departure, en-route and destination weather information and briefing from Nimet Aerodrome Offices prior to flight operations; and

(IV.) Pilots shall exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by Nimet and briefed passengers accordingly. Travelling public are however urged to exercise restraint and show understanding in this yuletide month as flights may be delayed or cancelled on account of weather situations.

The regulatory authority has called for strict compliance to this Advisory Circular as violation would be viewed seriously.

International Flights Resumption: Incoming Airlines To Carry 200 Passengers Per Trip – FG

 

The Federal Government has issued a schedule for the partial resumption of international flights, after months of suspension due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

A tweet by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday showed that the flight schedule was signed by its Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu.

In the document dated September 4, 2020, the aviation agency stated that a maximum of 200 passengers per incoming flights would be allowed into the country.

It explained that the limitation was due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers at 1,280 per airport on a daily basis.

 

The schedule, which was addressed to all aviation stakeholders and foreign airline operators flying into the country, however, stated that there was no limit on the number of outgoing passengers from the country.

It read, “Kindly note due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers (1,280) allowed daily per each airport, it is not possible to accommodate the requested schedule of airlines.

“However, over the next few weeks as the number of allowed incoming passengers is increased, additional flight frequencies will be allocated to airlines in addition to accommodating any airline that meets the requirements for resumption of flight operations into Nigeria.”

“The approved schedule is based on a maximum number of 200 passengers per each incoming flight to Nigeria. There is no limit on the number of outgoing passengers,” the memo added.

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The NCAA stressed that each airline operator was entitled to only one frequency on an approved day of operation, irrespective of the capacity of aircraft utilised.

Giving a breakdown of airlines, the NCAA announced that an average of six airlines would operate in each of the airports allowed to function at the initial stage.

See the full schedule released by the NCAA below:

DAYLAGOS (LOS)ABUJA (ABV)
MONDAYTurkish, Air Senegal, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, AWA, Emirates, British AirwaysBritish Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, ASKY, Air Cote d’ivoire
TUESDAYBritish Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian, ASKY, Kenya Airways, Air Cote d’IvoireBritish Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, AWA, Turkish

 

WEDNESDAYDelta, Emirates, Air Senegal, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, MEABritish Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, ASKY, Air Cote d’Ivoire, AWA
THURSDAYBritish Airways, Delta, Egypt Air, Virgin Atlantic, Ethiopian, Qatar, AWABritish Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, AWA, Ethiopian, Turkish, Air Cote d’Ivoire
FRIDAYAir Senegal, ASKY, Emirates, Turkish, AWA, Kenya Airways, MEABritish Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, ASKY, MEA
SATURDAYBritish Airways, Delta, Qatar, AWA, Kenya Airways, MEA, Air Cote d’IvoireBritish Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian, AWA, MEA, Turkish
SUNDAYDelta, Air Senegal, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, AWA, Kenya Airways, TurkishBritish Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian, ASKY, Air Cote d’Ivoire

 

FG Approves Restructuring Of NCAA, Cuts Directorates To Six

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A logo of the NCAA.

 

The Federal Government has approved the restructuring of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the safety oversight agency of the aviation industry in the country.

NCAA Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Captain Musa Nuhu, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday

He explained that the restructuring affected the directorates of the agency – the major organs of the agency.

Nuhu revealed that the directorates which used to been nine have now been cut down to six.

He listed the new and retained directorates to include the Directorate of Airworthiness Standards (DAWS), Directorate of Operations, Licensing and Training (DOLT), and Directorate of Air Transport Regulations (DATR).

Others are Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS), Directorate of Finance and Accounts (DFA), and the Directorate of Human Resources and Administration (DHR&A).

The NCAA boss noted that the Directorate of Consumer Protection (DCP) and Directorate of General Aviation (DGA) have been phased out.

He added that while the former was merged with the DATR, the latter was subsumed under the Directorate of Airworthiness Standards.

According to Nuhu, the government has appointed two new directors to take charge of the Directorates of Airworthiness Standards (DAWS) and Operations, Licensing and Training (DOLT).

“The newly appointed directors, who are aviation professions with several decades of industry experience in their areas of expertise in the aviation industry, are Engineer Kayode Ajiboye for DAWS and Captain Elisha Bahago for DOLT,” the statement said.

The NCAA boss stated that the approved restructuring was aimed at repositioning the agency for effective and efficient service delivery.

He said it was also to entrench a robust safety oversight system, in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices, while enabling the regulatory body to resolve current and emerging challenges facing the industry.

FG Shifts Resumption Of International Flights To September 5

A security official and medical personnel move around at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A security official and medical personnel move around at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday said the resumption of international flights has now been shifted to September 5.

The earlier date had been August 29.

Director-General of the NCAA, Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, revealed the news during a Presidential Task Force COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.

He said while airlines and airports were ready to operate, other non-aviation logistics prompted the one-week extension.

“We have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on, mostly the COVID-19 protocol tests and online platform,” he said. “We need to get this ready.”

Mr Nuhu described September 5 as a “sacrosanct date”, noting that “the initial announcement was anytime from the 29th.”

“In due course, we will be announcing the protocols for the resumptions and we will be giving further details,” he said. “Hopefully early next week, we will release this.”

Nigeria started to restrict international flights in March as part of efforts to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The shutdown, which included inter-state travel and closure of public places and schools, contributed to the decline of the country’s economic growth.

In July, the country resumed domestic flight operations with international flights scheduled to follow.

The PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, during the briefing on Thursday, said he hopes the reopening of international flights will help to re-open the economy.

NCAA Issues Weather Advisory Circular, Calls For Strict Compliance

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued weather Advisory Circular (AC) to stakeholders, calling for strict compliance.

The objective of this circular is to bring pilots and operators up to date on the occurrence of thunderstorm phenomenon over Nigerian airports since the onset of the rainy season in the country.

The statistics from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) so far indicated that most of the airports have recorded quite a number of thunderstorms between March and July 2020. In the month of July 2020, NIMET data indicate the following number of thunderstorm occurrence: Abuja (23), Ikeja (8), Kano (24), Port Harcourt (11), Owerri (17) and Benin (11). In the same month, gustiness range between 22Kt and 42Kt at the listed airports.

In the circular signed by NCAA Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the purpose of this AC is to bring forth the evolving weather information which could adversely affect safe and efficient flight operations post Covid-19 pandemic.

Severe thunderstorms and many other hazardous weather phenomena such as severe turbulence, microburst, low-level wind shear and hail events that could affect the safety of flight operations are possible during the rainy season; therefore, all stakeholders are expected to perform their roles as stated below in order to ensure the safety of flight operations, the AC said.

By this circular:

Air Traffic controllers may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as severe thunderstorms squall lines microburst or low-level wind shear are observed or forecast by NIMET.

Flight Crews/Operators and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) shall ensure adherence to aerodrome weather minima;

Pilots shall exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by NIMET;

Pilot / Flight Crew Members shall obtain adequate departure, en-route and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET Aerodrome Meteorological offices prior to flight operations.

“The Authority will expect strict compliance to this circular from all stakeholders and violation would be viewed seriously”.

 

Ban On Flights: FG Vows To Employ Principle Of Reciprocity

 

 

As Nigeria gears up to resume international flights, the Federal Government has vowed to employ the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to restart operations. 

Speaking on the flight ban imposed by some countries against Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, explained that the Federal Government would not hesitate to mete out the same measure to those nations which he did not mention.

 

A file photo of passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on July 8, 2020.

 

‘’The principle of reciprocity would be applied. The conditions you give Nigerians who travel to your country – we will apply the same thing,” the NCAA DG who represented the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Thursday.

“If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way; we just hope for a level-playing field on the issue of reciprocity.’’

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A graphic showing Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases. Channels TV/Benjamin Oluwatoyin.

 

Despite fears about the safety of passengers, the NCAA DG gave an insight into preparations being made by the government.

‘Positive Response’

He said a meeting was held with operators of foreign airlines on the requirements for the safe reopening of international flights, assuring that the modalities would be released soon.

“I am glad that so far today, we’ve gotten a positive response from quite a few number of the international airlines in meeting our requirements,” he said while giving details of the meeting with international airlines.

“So, we have almost finished discussing with the health authorities on the protocols for people coming in, on the checks for COVID-19 and people going out and the information will be given to airlines…”

Starting With Lagos, Abuja

On Monday, the PTF announced that international flights would be resuming on August 29th as the government gradually reopens the economy after a lockdown it imposed in the wake of the disease.

 

File photo: Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announcing the date for resumption of international flights at the PTF briefing in Abuja on August 17, 2020.

 

“Just like we did with the domestic (flights resumption), it will start with Lagos and Abuja,” Sirika had explained why announcing the resumption of international flights.

“The protocols, procedures, and processes, will be announced in due course.”

NCAA Inspects Sokoto Airport Ahead Of Reopening

A section of the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto. Credit: FAAN

 

Officials of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have inspected the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto ahead of the resumption of operations in the state.

The inspection commenced from the entrance of the airport through the parking space, to departure hall and the terminal area.

Although no official statement was issued regarding the inspection, journalists were however barred from accessing the departure hall through the terminal area throughout the duration of the inspection by the Airport security.

Channels Television gathered that NCAA officials were expected on Wednesday, July 15 but could not make it to the airport until today.

They however carried out an inspection of various markings and signs pointing to the prescribed COVID-19 protocol.

It is not clear when the airport will be given the approval to resume operations, following its closure a few weeks ago.

The closure was occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCAA Releases New Post-COVID Protocol For International Flights

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has released a COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Protocol for Nigerian-based crews operating international flights.

Flight crews must now wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of their flights.

The protocol also states that flight crews will not be quarantined but undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at a cost to the Air Operator upon return to Nigeria, as flight crew members who test positive for COVID-19 will be taken to a treatment center for further management.

In a letter with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/120 27th May 2020 signed by the Director General, Captain Musa Nuhu to all operators, airports and other service providers, the new protocol approved by the Federal Ministry of Health replaces the current practice where Nigerian-based flight crew members who operate international flights are quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.

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The letter partly reads:

“1. Nigeria based Airlines/Aircrew wishing to conduct flight operations outside the country shall be required to comply with the following:

(a.) Ensure orientation and sensitization of crew on Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures as per training and guidance from public health authorities.

(b.) Ensure they have adequate stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), minimum 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizers and Universal Precaution Kits (UPK) on board aircraft before the flight.

(c.) Ensure flight crew wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe IPC measures for the duration of the flight as follows:

“Flight deck Crew: Non-medical face mask and gloves. Face mask can be removed when the cockpit door is closed for safety reasons Cabin crew – Non-medical face mask, gloves, disposal surgical gowns and safety visors/goggles.

“Ensure safe removal of gloves after performing specific tasks (d) Avoid touching their face and eyes with unclean hands d. Flight crew are to ensure that all passengers wear a non-medical face mask for the duration of the flight except when eating or using emergency oxygen.

(e) Flight crew are to ensure that passengers rub their hands with alcohol-based sanitizer as they embark the aircraft.

“(f). Put up a notice in the lavatory/washroom on hand washing that requests passengers wash their hands after using the lavatory

(g.) Flight crew are to maintain a safe distance between passengers and themselves;  avoiding direct physical contact. (h.) Cabin crew will serve only pre-packed meals to passengers.

(i) Where practicable, flight crew will reserve one lavatory for their own use.

(j). Cabin crew will apply disinfectant spray in lavatory every 60 minutes during the flight.

(k). Airline will carry augmented crew to ensure the immediate turnaround of the flight with no crew member disembarking from the aircraft, except the pilot that will conduct the mandatory walk around in which case the pilot is required to wear a non-medical facemask and gloves.

“ 1. The flight deck crew that will carry out the mandatory walk around will wear PPE  (non-medical facemask, gloves and disposable protective gowns) and will ensure he/she keeps a physical distance of at least 2 meters from ground handling staff,  fuelers, dispatchers, baggage handlers and other persons handling the aircraft. m. Airline shall carry return catering.

“(a) n. Filing of flight plan by Flight deck crew is to be done via online channels. Where this is not possible, crew members are to exercise extreme caution (wear a face mask and gloves) when filing a flight plan and receiving documentation from ground staff/flight dispatchers. Flight deck crew members are to rub their hands with minimum 70 % alcohol-based sanitizers after interfacing with ground staff/dispatchers.

( 0.) After the flight, Crew members are to safely remove their PPEs and ensure safe  disposal in line with IPC procedures.

( p). For flights of longer duration where augmented flight crew may not be practicable, arrangements are to be made with the country of destination for flight crew to lay  over and comply with the mandatory duty time rest period requirement.

(q) According to the NCAA,  If the flight crew will have to lay over in a foreign country to enable them observe crew duty time rest period, “the Air Operator is to coordinate with the foreign country’s Public Health Authorities at the airport and implement the following: Commute arrangements (between airport & hotel if required): the Air Operator should arrange for the commute between the aircraft and the crew’s individual hotel rooms ensuring hygiene methods are applied and the recommended physical distancing adopted, including within the vehicle to the extent possible.

“At accommodation:  At all times, crew must comply with local public health regulations and policies One crew member to one room, which is sanitized prior to occupancy; Crew, taking account of the above and in so far as is practicable, should:

(aa) Avoid contact with the public and fellow crew members and remain in the hotel room except to seek medical attention, or for essential activities including exercise, while respecting physical distancing requirements; (bb) Not use the common facilities in the hotel, like bars, gyms, etc.

(cc) Dine in-room, get take-outs, or dine seated alone in a restaurant in the hotel, only if room service is not available; (dd) Regularly monitor for symptoms including fever and observe good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and physical distancing measures when required to leave the hotel room only for the reasons specified in (aa), (cc) or emergency situations.

“ (c) Crew members experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 during lay over or transit should;  report it to the aircraft operator and seek assistance from a medical doctor for assessment of possible COVID-19. Cooperate with the assessment and possible further monitoring for COVID-19 in accordance with the evaluation procedure implemented by that foreign country (e.g. assessment in the hotel room, or an isolation room within the hotel, or alternative location);

“ If a crew member has been evaluated and COVID -19 is not suspected in accordance with the evaluation procedure implemented by the foreign country, the air operator may arrange for the crew member to repatriate to base and if a crew member is suspected or confirmed as a COVID-19 case by the State or foreign country and isolation is not required by the foreign country, such crew member may be medically repatriated by appropriate modes: if there is agreement to repatriate the crew member  to home base

“( r.) Flight crew members will have no physical contact with any persons while in the  foreign country, including ground handling staff, airline staff, embassy staff, drivers,  protocol officers, hotel/accommodation staff etc.

“(s) Upon return to Nigeria flight crew will not be quarantined but will undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at cost to the Air Operator. t. Flight crew members who test positive for COVID-19 will be taken to a treatment center for further management.”