The Nigeria Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) has conducted simulation exercise at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (ABV), to test all the protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic at the Airports ahead of flight resumption.
Journalists covering the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, were led on dry run test from Lagos to Abuja, to witness firsthand, reopening of the aviation sector.
The simulation exercise which began around 8am saw passengers go through all the strict protocols before boarding the Aero Contractor flight at about 11:20am.
The flight was operated on a B737 marked NG110 with 51 passengers on board.
Local news outlet gathered from aviation sources that domestic flights might resume first week in July 2020.
Also hand sanitizers were placed in strategic locations even as Port Health workers were seen taking temperature levels of intending passengers.
More so, checks for COVID-19 safety protocols and screening, were carried out on passengers at the departure lounge, while seats, which were usually crowded, have been rearranged in compliance with the social distancing rule.
Inscriptions to further guide passengers, such as “do not use this seat”, “keep your distance”, were placed on the seats.
Nigeria has also acquired two newly machines, for the purpose of identifying passengers, had been stationed at the airport.
An operator, who sought anonymity, said that the machine could perform all necessary and required tasks of passenger-screening.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), had a few weeks ago, said that the airport would reopen for business on Aug. 27, after months of closure following the coronavirus outbreak.