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FG Slams N1m Fine On Flairjet For Violating COVID-19 Flight Ban

The Federal Government has fined Flairjet Aviation Company N1 million for violating the COVID-19 airport directives.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika made this known on Sunday via his official Twitter page.

The Federal Government had banned international and local flights in the country in order to control the COVID-19 outbreak and only allowed essential and emergency flights to operate in the airports.

An aircraft belonging to Flairjet was seized on May 17 after it was caught operating commercial flights.

The flight crew was placed on 14-day compulsory quarantine according to precautions recommended by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The Minister said the fine was the maximum penalty provided for in the country’s civil aviation regulations.

“Flairjet were found to violate our Civil Aviation Regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV)7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2(VIII)(4). The maximum penalty for each is N500,000:00K. We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanour to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission,” he tweeted.

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