The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday, June 27, re-opened for business with the observance of safety protocols following the Coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic.
The airport also complied with strict COVID-19 safety measures, aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.
It was reported that provisions were made for hand wash and alcohol-based sanitizers. There were temperature checks; as well as strict compliance to the social distancing order of about one metre.
Journalists covering the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 were led on a dry run test from Lagos to Abuja, to witness firsthand, reopening of the aviation sector.
The seats, which were usually crowded, have been rearranged in compliance with the social distancing rule.
Also, instructions to further guide passengers, such as “do not use this seat”, “keep your distance”; were placed on the seats.
Two newly acquired machines for identifying passengers were also showcased.
Two newly acquired robots with the name ‘Cruzr’ were positioned to screen passengers at the airport for identification of the passengers.
The Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, said that the number of seats at the departure lounge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport had been reduced to 50 from 500; in line with the COVID-19 social distancing policy.
He said all passengers must comply strictly with the directive on wearing of face masks before entering the airport terminals while the aviation authorities will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the airports.
Sirika, also expressed his delight at the level of facilities on ground; while adding that going by the measures put in place, the airports are about 90% ready for reopening.
Other Ministers and the National Coordinator of PTF that were present; took turns to comment on their impression on the level of preparedness of the airports for reopening.
They expressed satisfaction at the measures taken so far and were optimistic that the airports were ready for reopening.