ABUJA, 24 March 2021 – Nigerian aviation authorities have announced their intention to resume catering services on domestic and international flights.
Nigeria’s minister for aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced the decision Tuesday in the capital, Abuja, during a media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to Had Sirika, the decision was taken in consideration of the businesses involved in the provision of in-flight refreshments that have been adversely affected by the suspension of the service.
He provided no figures on how badly the sector has been hit.
He, however, explained that modalities for the resumption of catering services would be worked on and rolled out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), adding that whatever they okay will be in line with international standards and practice in the industry.
Nigeria’s aviation ministry suspended in-flight services last year as part of efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
Over 12 million Nigerians traveled by air in 2018, the last year for which data is available.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the country’s economic capital, Lagos, was the country’s busiest airport for domestic passenger traffic with 4.25 million passengers coming in or traveling out of Lagos in 2018.