The Federal Government has reduced the arrival time for passengers at newly reopened airports from three to one hour 30 minutes before flights.
The Minister of Aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, who made this known on his Twitter handle, he said based on the review of operations since July 8, 2020 re-opening of airports, passengers can now arrive one and half hours before flights instead of three hours previously contained in the guidelines.
“My colleagues and I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports; consequently, I am happy to announce that henceforth, travellers are to arrive one hour and a half before their departure time for domestic flights.
Travellers are advised to check-in online, please” he tweeted. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had previously said that passengers must arrive at least three hours before their take-off time when commercial operations resume at airports.
Stating this on its Twitter handle, FAAN said that passengers’ early arrival would enable efficient checks and screening before boarding.
“COVID-19 Flight Resumption Protocol for Passengers: You are advised to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight due to the new COVID-19 safety checks,” FAAN wrote.
When asked if this directive applies to only domestic flights, FAAN said passengers for international flights are also required to be at the airport three hours ahead of departure.