Nigeria impounds UK plane for illegal operation to the country
London, May 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has impounded a UK based aircraft belonging to Flair Aviation for allegedly operating illegal flight to the country
The company’s plane was seized after it was found operating a commercial flight to Nigeria.
This contradicted the approval granted the airline to operate humanitarian flights.
COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!🇳🇬— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) May 17, 2020
Nigeria banned commercial flights in March as part of measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, confirmed the seizure on his official twitter handle.
He said the crew of the flight are also being interrogated.
He promised maximum penalty for the offence.
Flair Airlines is a budget airline, with operations in Canada, as well.