Federal government impound British aircraft for conducting commercial flight


The Federal Government has impounded an aircraft owned by a British company for operating commercial flights into Nigeria without approval.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known on Sunday via his Twitter handle.

He said the company, Flair Aviation, was authorized to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.

Sirika explained that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a penalty would be imposed on the company for the contravention of FG’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The country’s airports and airspace were shut in March by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of efforts to contain COVID-19.