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COVID-19: Domestic flights resume at Ibadan Airport

Domestic flights resumed operations on Thursday  at the  Ibadan Airport after three months  of suspensed  operations at the local airports across the country due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The operations at the Ibadan Airport resumed with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

The Airport security and health officers were seen enforcing compliance with COVID-19 guidelines by disinfecting passengers’ baggage as well as taking the  temperature of all the people entering the departure hall.

Correspondent at the airport also observed  that foot-sign distancings  had been marked at the ticketing, boarding and arrival hall of  the airport to  ensue that  passengers maintain social distancing  from each other.

The  flight operation into Ibadan Airport resumed  with the landing of Overland Airways’ aircraft marked 5N – BRQ from Lagos at exactly 8:05 a.m. It departed to Abuja at exactly 8:45 am., after nine passengers had boarded  from the Ibadan Airport.

Two of the passengers; Iliya Ibrahim and Mohammed Yarima,  expressed satisfactions with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the airport.

Iliya said: “The preparation by FAAN and other authorities at the airport is adequate, physical distancing is strictly observed.

“And I can see a lot of other facilities put in place to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are observed, so thumb up  to FAAN and other authorities.”

Also Yarima said “So far with the protocols of engagement at this airport, I think it is excellent and is in conformity with the NCDC guidelines, with this I think Nigerians are save if we keep to the protocol  that FAAN has put in place.”

In her remarks,  the Ibadan Airport Manager, Mrs Tega Ayenuro,  confirmed that nine passengers left Ibadan  for Abuja with the first flight operated on Thursday.

Ayenuro said that the  Ibadan Airport had introduced  a new way  to flight operations,  stressing that all COVID-19 protocols would be strictly followed.

“When coming in, you have to get your hands sanitised or you wash them and you also observe the social distancing while standing, walking or sitting.

” Today being the first flight, it is like an inaugural flight  and we had nine passengers.” Ayenuro said.

She also said that Overland Airways and Arik were the only two commercial  airlines that ply the Ibadan Airport at the moment, saying they were expecting more airlines to come in.

The highlight of the occasion was water-showering/welcome shower ceremony performed by the Airport Fire Service.

Some of the staffers of  Ibadan Airport expressed joy over the resumption of flights at the airport and pledged to abide by  COVID-19 guidelines while carrying out their duties

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