Airlines suspend flights as COVID-19 spreads

Turkish Airlines has announced the cancellation of all its flights to Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt to avoid further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), even as the effect of the virus bites harder on the aviation sector.

The airline which flew in the current index case to Nigeria, in a statement, said the cancelation of flights to its three destinations in Nigeria was to contain the spread of COVID-19 ravaging the world.

The airline explained that the cancellations would start for flights originally scheduled to arrive Lagos on March 17, 23 and 29, and flights for Abuja scheduled for March 13, 16, 20, 25, 27 and April 1, 2020.

Flights for Port-Harcourt will not operate on March 11, 13, 18, 25 and 26.


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It would be recalled that the airline had conveyed the Italian man who brought the virus to Nigeria on February 25. Through him, the Federal Government has confirmed another case being one of the persons that had close contact with him at the Lafarge Company in Ogun State. Others are still undergoing isolation process.

Also, two passengers on board the flight have been declared wanted by the government as the addresses provided are said to be fake.

Similarly, Cabo Verde Airlines which in December 2019 commenced flight operations to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, connecting passengers from its base in Sal to many destinations, including the United States, has suspended flights to Washington DC. The suspension took effect from Sunday, May 31.

The airline said the decision followed “significantly reduced customer demand prompted by global health concerns related to COVID-19.”


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