FG Quarantines Pilots Of Impounded British Aircraft
Federal Government has said pilots of a British aircraft impounded on Sunday, have been subjected to 14 days quarantine.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, revealed this on Monday during a briefing by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force in Abuja.
The minister also corrected that the company’s name is Flairjet, as against Flair Aviation announced on his Twitter page on Sunday.
Sirika used the wrong name while announcing that the aircraft was impounded for violating flight ban in Nigeria by operating for commercial purposes.
In the new announcement, Sirika said;
There is a company called Flairjet. I want to apologise that I tweeted in the afternoon (on Sunday) when the fasting was biting harder and we verified this as Flair Aviation. The correct name is Flairjet and it is a UK registered company.
They have an aircraft, Legacy 600, and the registration number of the aircraft is GPRFX. Their business address is Business Aviation Centre, Terminal Road, Birmingham International Airport, West Midlands and their code is B26QN.
He added that;
This company applied severally to operate humanitarian flights and we did approve. It is very clear at the beginning of this exercise that we defined what those flights should be: essential flights basically – cargo, medical evacuation, medical supplies, and so on and so forth.
Unfortunately, this company decided to become commercial in their service, charging money and flying people in and out.
The whole essence of a lockdown is to ensure there is no movement of persons freely because this COVID-19 we are all spending sleepless nights for happened because somebody travelled abroad. So, we believe this shouldn’t happen.
The Minister revealed that investigation is ongoing and the pilots who are British nationals have been subjected to 14 days quarantine.