The Federal Government has impounded Flair Aviation aircraft for violating the ban on commercial flight into Nigeria following the outbreak of coronavirus.
The aircraft is owned by a British company that operated commercial flights into Nigeria without approval.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said this via his Twitter handle, @hadisirika. He said the company, Flair Aviation, was authorised to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.
Sirika explained that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a “maximum 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. COVID-19.Flair Aviation, a UK company was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably, we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be a maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve,” the minister tweeted.