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COVID-19: Qatar Airways pause operations in Pakistan.


Qatar Airways has temporarily suspended its flight operations in Pakistan due to unknown reasons, said sources on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave permission to the airline for landing special flights in Pakistan. The foreign airline was operating flights in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.

The airline sources said that Qatar Airways suspended its flights to Pakistan due to unknown reasons.

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The decision came at the time when the aviation authority held a meeting with the country managers of international airlines operating within Pakistan to seek suggestions pertaining to the resumption of international flights.

Additional Director General Air Vice Marshal Tanveer Bhatti chaired the meeting at the CAA headquarters. Suggestions were sought from the officials of international airlines for resuming flight schedule during the meeting.

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Earlier, Qatar Airways announced it would operate four special flights to bring back Pakistanis stranded in abroad.

The flights are part of a large repatriation operation being carried out by Pakistan in collaboration with Qatar authorities.


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First Ever: India celebrate direct flight from Nigeria.


Air Peace airline has taken delivery of a new ERJ-145 aircraft to help boost its domestic and regional operations.

The government of India celebrated the first direct flight from Nigeria when the nation’s major carrier, Air Peace, airlifted 312 of its citizens from the Murtala Muhammd International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Kochi.

According to the verified twitter account of Indians in Nigeria, @india_nigeria, the “repatriation of India nationals from Nigeria began today (Sunday) with the Lagos-Kochi Air Peace flight with 312 passengers. It is the first ever Nigerian airline to fly directly to India”.

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The Indians in Nigeria commended the Nigerian government, the Indian embassy in Nigeria and others that made the flight a reality.

According to information from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Air Peace flight P47812 pushed back by 1:15 am Nigerian time with 312 passengers and 15 crew members and was airborne by 1:28 am.

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Air Peace, in a statement, said the 10-hour non-stop flight from Lagos to Kochi was operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI. The flight, operated by 15 crew members, was expected to arrive Cochin International Airport in Kerala.

The Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, who expressed delight over the evacuation flight, thanked the Indian authorities for engaging Air Peace to operate the flight, while also giving kudos to the Nigerian government for supporting the airline in all its special flights during the lockdown.

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She added that the airline alongside other relevant government agencies ensured that all the passengers complied with established health protocols before boarding.

“It can be recalled that on Thursday, May 28, 2020, Air Peace embarked on an evacuation flight of 301 Chinese nationals and flew back 268 stranded Nigerians from China on Saturday,” the statement added


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Breaking: PIA to charge this amount for special flight to US


The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will charge 1,982 dollars for executive class and 1,385 dollars for economy class as one-way airfare for its fifth special flight to and from the US, reported NobleReporters on Tuesday.

The fifth PIA special flight will take off for the US on Saturday and will return to Islamabad on June 2.

Earlier according to a press release issued by the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, the Government of Pakistan will operate a special flight for repatriation of stranded Pakistanis from the Newark Airport In New Jersey on June 1 for Islamabad. This will be the fifth PIA special flight from the United States in this regard.

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Stranded Pakistanis registered with the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington and four Pakistani consulates in the US will be accommodated on the flight on June 1. Those not already registered are encouraged to do so with the Embassy and its four consulates.

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The PIA special flight will depart for Islamabad for New Jersey on May 31 carrying stranded US citizens/permanent residents. Passengers interested to take this flight from Pakistan on May 31 are advised to contact PIA, said the statement of the Pakistani embassy.


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COVID-19: Nigeria ban flights for 4 more weeks as cases surge.

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The Federal Government has extended the ban on local and international flights by four weeks.

This was confirmed by Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during the daily briefing on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow marks the last day for the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights. We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks,” he said.

“The Honourable Minister of Aviation will give you details during this briefing.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari relaxed a five-week lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states from this Monday.

Nigeria currently had 2,950 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.


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Senegal extends flight ban till last day in May amid COVID-19 fears.


Senegal, an important air hub in West Africa, has extended a suspension on all flights to and from its soil until May 31 as part of measures to contain coronavirus, Transport Minister Alioune Sarr announced overnight Wednesday.

The announcement, made on Twitter, gave no further details.

The country halted passenger flights, but not cargo, under a suspension implemented in mid-March.

The measure initially applied to France, Italy, Spain and a number of other countries in Europe and North Africa before becoming a blanket suspension.

Senegal’s official tally of coronavirus cases stands at more than 300, two of them fatal.

The authorities have closed schools, imposed a night-time curfew and banned travel between cities in a bid to stem the spread of the virus, but not implemented a lockdown


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COVID-19: FG shouldn’t have ban international flights – Dele Momodu says.


Dele Momodu has expressed his displeasure after FG barred international flights from coming into Nigeria for one month in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Dele Momodu expresses his displeasure as FG bars international flights from coming into the country


In a statement released by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and signed by Musa Nuhu (NCAA Director General), it was announced that international flights will be barred from coming into Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from Monday March 23 to April 23 2020.

This comes after the Federal Government ordered the closure of three international airports in the country: Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt International Airport.


However, media entrepreneur Dele Momodu believes this decision made by the FG will not be favourable for a lot of people – Nigerians and foreigners alike – and he kicked against it.


He wrote:

“As always with us in Nigeria, we have once again seen the result of lack of preparation and coordination with the ill-informed and unnecessary decision to paralyse an entire nation and shut out all its citizens like orphans! I would have expected our leaders to give us comprehensive details of their plans instead of terse instructions.


What’s the purpose of saying no Nigerian can travel in or out of Nigeria from Monday for one month? So all Nigerians currently abroad who are not residing in those countries will suddenly become destitute when their finances run out. They must all abort their trips and return by tomorrow.

And those foreigners already in Nigeria, plus investors or workers on temporary visits will be imprisoned here for one month. Who bears the costs? What about the thousands of jobs? Who will pay them or feed their families? We can do much better by making life easier for our people in these difficult times instead of complicating their lives and giving them mental anguish. Even in more advanced countries, there is always a method to madness.

The closures are meticulously controlled and palliatives offered as incentives. All we are seeing here is so bizarre. Different Ministers issuing different directives without explaining how the people would not be made to suffer. As always, it is the poor that will bear the brunt of this total closure!!! Government should find ways of reducing the pains and this should be made public as soon as possible…”
Dele Momodu


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COVID-19: Nigeria ban all international flight


Nigeria has finally suspended all international flights into the country shortly after confirmed cases of coronavirus almost doubled on Saturday.

The nation’s two main airports in Abuja and Lagos will be shut from Monday as measures to stem the spread of the deadly virus, the country’s civil aviation regulator, NCAA, announced in a statement Saturday.


The airports, which joins three others in Enugu, Kano and Port Harcourt that were also placed on lockdown, will be shuttered for at least one month, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu said.

The closure comes as Nigeria’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose on Saturday from 12 to 22, three of them in Abuja, the capital’s first positive identifications and seven from Lagos, the worst-hit city.


Mr Nuhu said the closure would last through April 23, adding that emergency and essential flights could be operated from any of the airports within the period.

He, however, noted that domestic flight operations would continue normally in all airports in the country.


“Further to our earlier letter on the restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday, 23rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all international flights,” he said.

“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.


“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.

“Domestic flights will continue normal operations at all airports.”


Prior to the complete ban on international flights, Nigeria has been shuffling with plans to constrict in-bound and out-bound movements in a bid to keep it’s almost 200 million population safe from the ravaging Covid19.

Authorities had on Wednesday announced the ban on entry into the country for travelers from 13 countries with more than 1,000 cases including the US and UK.


Schools and public gatherings have also been shut and restricted to the barest minimum.

Nigeria has so far confirmed 22 cases. Of these, 16 were confirmed in Lagos, the in Abuja. One and two cases were confirmed in Ekiti and Ogun states respectively.

The index case has been declared negative by the Lagos State Government after treatment


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COVID-19: Nigeria stops international flights after increased cases.


The federal government has barred international flights from coming into the country hours after the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire announced that 10 new cases of coronavirus has been confirmed, bringing to the total cases in the country to 22 (two have been discharged).

Recall with NobleReporters that in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, the federal government ordered the closure of three international airports in the country. The affected airports are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.


However following the confirmation of 10 cases of coronavirus in the country today March 21, the federal government has also barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja effective Monday March 23 to April 23 2020.

This was confirmed in a statement released today by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and signed by Musa Nuhu (NCAA Director General).


The statement reads;

“Further to our earlier letter on restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday 23 March at 2300Z to 23 April at 2300z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to international flights,” the statement read.


“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.

“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.”

NCAA further revealed that domestic flights would continue operations at all airports across the nation.


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