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Nigeria reduces reporting time at airports for domestic flights

Passengers' arrival time at the airport before domestic flights in Nigeria has been reduced from 3 hours to 90 minutes.

An Arik airline flight takes off from the domestic wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on its re-opening day for domestic flight operations, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Abuja, Nigeria July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Afolab

The Nigerian federal government has announced a reduction in passengers' reporting time at the airport prior to domestic flights to 90 minutes instead of 3 hours as it used to be, since passengers are currently encouraged to check-in for the flight online.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, revealed this news in a tweet that read: "My colleagues and I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports, consequently, I am happy to announce that, henceforth travelers are to arrive one hour and a half before their departure time for domestic flights. Travelers are advised to check-in online, please.’’

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had earlier devised protocols for the resumption of both international and domestic flights following the government's decision to reopen Nigerian airports and the resumption of domestic flights as a part of the government's plan to ease restrictions and lockdown measures in its bid to improve economic conditions and bring life back to normal.

New protocols implied the arrival of passengers three hours earlier before domestic flights and 5 hours before international ones, so there would be enough time for airport personnel to carry out the new Coronavirus safety checks.

Nigerian airports have been significantly improved after being shut down for almost 3 months, as they are now equipped with several hand-washing facilities and floor marks urging people to maintain the right social distance. Airport staff are now responsible for disinfecting passengers' luggage and checking their body temperature.

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