The Federal government of Nigeria has impounded an aircraft belonging to Flair Aviation, a United Kingdom company, after it was discovered to be conducting commercial flights to the country despite a ban on all flight operations due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The company, according to Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had been granted a waiver to carry out humanitarian operations but instead carried out commercial flights.
The Minister said the crew of the flight are currently being interrogated to know their level of culpability as there shall be maximum penalties for the offence.
”COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve” the Minister’s tweet read
The Federal government in March announced a ban on all flights in and out of the country as part of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus. The ban on all flights was extended by another four weeks on