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Vaccinated People to Travel Without Restrictions – British Airways

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Vaccinated People to Travel Without Restrictions - British Airways

British Airways’s new boss said vaccinated and non-vaccinated people with a negative COVID-19 test should be allowed to travel without restriction.

Sean Doyle, who was appointed BA’s Chief Executive in October 2020, said this as he already set out his ideas for a travel restart a month before the UK government finalises its plans.

Holidays will not be allowed until May 17 at the earliest, the government has said, but before that, on April 12, Britain will announce how and when non-essential travel into and out of the country can resume.

Doyle called on Britain to work with other governments to allow vaccines and health apps to open up travel, after a year when minimal flying has left many airlines on life support.

 

“I think people who have been vaccinated should be able to travel without restriction. Those who have not been vaccinated should be able to travel with a negative test result.’’

 

Doyle said the roll-out of vaccines made him optimistic BA would be back flying this summer, but added the recovery depends on what is said on April 12.

He wants government to give its backing to health apps that can be used to verify a person’s negative COVID-19 test results and vaccination status.

Apps will be key to facilitating travel at scale, the industry has said. Airline staff checking paperwork takes 20 minutes per passenger and is not practical if large numbers of passengers return.

Britain has rapidly rolled out vaccinations and 44 per cent of the adult population, mostly people over 60, have now had their first shot.

The government has said any return to travel must be fair and not unduly disadvantage those who have not been vaccinated.

Doyle expects Britain to bring in a tiered framework with destinations put into categories depending on risk, and that will determine BA’s summer schedule.

Beyond saying there was “huge pent up demand”, Doyle declined to forecast how strong the season could be.

Budget rival Ryanair, Europe’s biggest airline, has said it hopes to fly up to 70 per cent of 2019 passenger numbers this summer.

BA has struck a deal with a testing kit provider giving its passengers 33 pound (46 dollars) tests to take abroad.

Travel commentators expect most European airlines to focus on short-haul leisure routes this summer.

Doyle also said that France, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Spain had all sounded positive about welcoming British holidaymakers.

However, he said that BA was also looking further afield.

“We’re already looking at new destinations over the summer that we haven’t flown to before, and that could be across both long haul and short haul,” Doyle said

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Only 200 Nigerian Passengers Will Be Allowed Flight Every 2 Weeks – UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stated that only 200 Nigerian passengers will be allowed flight into the country every two weeks.

Only on this condition will it commence its flight from Nigeria to the Emirates.

This was made known in a statement written to the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Abuja.

NEWSRAND earlier reported how the UAE temporarily suspended all flights from Nigeria to Dubai, in line with Government directives.

READ ALSO: Dubai Government To Impose Fresh Restriction On Nigerian Travellers

In the letter written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the rapid antigen test at Nigerian airports for UAE-bound passengers, which was a requirement to travel has been uplifted.

“The embassy has the honor to convey the response of the competent authorities in the UAE regarding the ongoing flight halt between the UAE and Nigeria as well as the travel requirements for travelers to the UAE.

“The Arab Government has decided to remove the requirement for the Rapid Antigen test at the airports in Nigeria while demanding the following requirements:

READ ALSO: Dubai Government To Impose Fresh Restriction On Nigerian Travellers

“Number of passengers on inbound flights to the UAE must not exceed 200 passengers for two weeks.

“Only direct flights between the Emirates and Nigeria are allowed.

“Passengers need to present a valid negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours before boarding.

“Provide the embassy with an updated list of the approved PCR test centers by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the importance of ensuring the accuracy of the passengers’ information, contact details and place of stay during their visit in UAE.”

The restriction for Nigerians into the Emirates is related to fraudulent activities committed by some UAE-based Nigerians, including Hushpuppi who was arrested by the Dubai Police in June.

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Weekenders Guide: 5 Activities For You This Weekend

Another weekend is upon us and here are 5 things to do to spice up your weekend

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For the return of the weekenders guide, we have 5 fun-packed activities to help round the week up and get you in the right vibe for the new week ahead.

1. Watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League

There’s no better way to start your weekend, than watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The four hours long movie was released on HBO max on March 18. After having a full-blown fan movement and petitions online for its release, Warner Bros. finally released the Snyder Cut on the streaming platform as well as theatrically.

If you don’t want to leave the house this is weekend, this four-hour long movie is a worthy investment of your time. The movie has an 8.6 rating on IMDB.

2. Saturday Waves at Wave Beach, Elegushi

Itching to hit the beach? There’s no better beach event to attend this weekend than Saturday Waves at Wave Beach, Elegushi.

Come prepared as usual to have maximum fun, play mind-blowing games, enjoy great company, amazing food, and drinks. Entry through the Elegushi Beach Gates and Wave Beach Resort is free once you book your free ticket to Saturday Waves. Ensure to RSVP, as COVID19 protocols mean there would be strict adherence to the guest list.

3. Attend Nomad Theatre’s “She’s Gotta Have It.”

Nomad Theatre on Saturday, March 20, 2021, is hosting its first event in collaboration with Miliki, to celebrate Women’s History Month highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Themed ‘She’s Gotta Have It’, features an immersive outdoor cinematic experience as well as exquisite 3-course meals, curated cocktails, and bottomless popcorn, all tailored to the featured film and served to your seat.

You can reserve tickets here, or RSVP here.

 

4. Attend Art. Grill.Wine

The Art Room brings to you the perfect blend of Art, wine, and food in the heart of Lagos. The session runs from 3pm on Saturday 21st March 2021 to 6 pm. You can get tickets and more details here.

 

5. The FA Cup continues

The FA Cup Quarterfinals would be played this weekend, the top picks would be Everton hosting league leaders Manchester City on Saturday, and Leicester hosting Manchester United on Sunday. Chelsea also takes on Sheffield as Bournemouth goes head to head with Southampton.

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FG Set To Re-Open Kano Airport For International Flight Operations

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Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport

The Federal Government says it has concluded plans to reopen the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano for international flight operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said this when he received a high-powered delegation from Kano State, led by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday in Abuja.

Sirika further said that all that was necessary for the resumption of international flight operations at the airport would be fast-tracked to ensure that its resumption was sooner than later.

READ ALSO: FG Set To Reopen Kano, Port Harcourt Airports

According to him, the continued suspension of international flights to and from the airport was denying the ministry and its agencies a lot of revenue.

“The suspension did not economically make sense for the government to spend so much money as it has done in the airport and just decide to leave it inoperative.

“With the attendant degeneration on infrastructure, redundancy amongst operational staff, revenue losses, hardship to travelers, amongst others.

“The decision to suspend international flights to and from the airport, like the ones in Enugu and Port Harcourt were for health and security reasons,” he added.

Sirika said that the hardship to the users of the airport, passengers, and service providers alike had been immensely considered.

The minister, therefore, pledged to fast-track the resumption of international flight operations at the airport.

Sirika, however, urged the Kano residents to create activities that would make the airport more viable through increased passenger traffic.

Earlier, Ganduje said that he was in the ministry to show appreciation to the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for the completion of the International wing of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

Ganduje appealed to the minister for the resumption of international flight operations at the airport.

The governor articulated pronounced worry over the effect of the continued suspension of international flights to and from the airport by passengers and service providers.

“Kano State government has put in place all that was necessary to make the state healthy for flights, including mobilization of the populace for the COVID-19 vaccinations,” he added.

In a similar development, Ganduje also appealed to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, to rehabilitate the trade fair complex in Kano with all necessary facilities.

The governor, who made the appeal when he visited the minister, commended him for finding time to visit Kano recently to promote entrepreneurship.

“It is obvious Kano State is now the true economic center of the northern region. Also, we want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the ongoing railway project in the region,” he said.

Responding, Adebayo said that the ministry would look into the way of advancing the national economy by partnering with the Kano Chamber of Commerce.

The delegation included some members of the Kano State House of Assembly, representatives of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, and members of the Kano Chamber of Commerce.

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