KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France have revealed they will resume flight operations to Abuja and Lagos from December 7.
The airlines disclosed, in a statement on Monday, that international passengers can now fly Air France and KLM; from Nigeria (Abuja and Lagos) to Paris and Amsterdam; and there’s also the possibility of further transfers to other European and North Atlantic destinations.
The airline has advised customers to ensure they are well prepared for their trip; and be certain about the entry and travel requirements for their destination and transit countries as it pertains with travel restrictions and governmental authorizations before making any travel plans. This is as the entry requirements may change with short notice.
General Manager Air France KLM Nigeria and Ghana, Michel Colleau, was quoted to have said, “Flights to and from Lagos and Abuja will be operated in strict compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and international health protocols, adhering to the highest standards of health and hygiene.”
Back in September 2020, the Federal Government restricted Air France and KLM airlines; as well as a few other foreign airlines from flight operations into the country.
The Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, confirmed that Air France and KLM were not granted approval for flight operations. This is because tourist visa holders were not allowed entry into their countries.
However, now the Federal Government has given a go-ahead to Lufthansa; Air France/KLM; and Qatar Airways to resume flight operations into the country.