The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Saturday had the first flight in five months touch its tarmac. Nigeria’s airspace was shut down to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
However, on Saturday a Middle East Airline (MEA), which took off from Beirut, Lebanon, arrived at exactly 2.30 pm. Officials of the Aerodrome and Rescue Fire Fighters welcomed the aircraft with a water cannon demonstration.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Port Health Services (PHS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other relevant agencies, attended to the passengers aboard the airline.
On arrival at the terminal, passengers presented their COVID-19 PCR test results for screening by the Port Health Services officials, while their travelling papers, passports and visas were thoroughly checked by the immigration officials at the airport.
At the arrival and departure halls of the airports, the arriving and departing passengers observed the social distancing protocols, just as it is being currently observed on the domestic routes.