Airlines to resume in-flight catering services

Catering services, hitherto suspended at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic are to resume on domestic flights immediately.

Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika disclosed this at the weekly media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday.

According to the Minister, the decision was taken in consideration of the businesses involved in the provision of in-flight refreshments which have been adversely affected by the suspension.

He however said that modalities and protocols for the resumption of the services would be worked and rolled out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which will be in line with international practices.

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Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika

Nigerian airlines in the wake of COVID-19 suspended in-flight catering services first as part of cost cutting measures and the excuse that it does not want to encourage the spread of the deadly virus.

Ibom Air has been consistent with offering passengers snacks and meals on-board since after resumption of flights since September last year.

Sirika also reiterated the plan to resume international flight operations at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu and the Port Harcourt International Airport.

According to him, members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 will be visiting the airports for simulation exercises to ascertain their readiness for international operations.

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The Minister also informed that a technical working group comprising of of agencies involved in the facilitation of passengers has been set up to ensure that all standards required for seamless operations at the airports earmarked for resumption of international flights.

On the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria, Sirika said discussions were on to resolve the issues involved, even as he restated the country’s position on the impropriety of the extra COVID-19 tests the airline was demanding of Nigerian travellers.

Wole Shadare