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Ebola Crisis: Nigeria Lifts Ban on Asky Airline
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, on Saturday lifted the suspension placed on Asky Airlines, which flew in the country’s first Ebola victim, having satisfactorily met the conditions to prevent the airlifting of passengers possibly infected with the disease.
The approval for it to fly into the country was granted in Lagos on Saturday in response to the airline’s earlier petition in which it stated steps taken to safeguard the health of passengers and others.
The NCAA in a statement said it examined the measures taken by the airline, “especially the suspension of flights into Ebola infected countries” before lifting the ban.
One of the many measures the airline took was the suspension of flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three most affected by the deadly and highly infectious Ebola virus disease.
The commercial director of ASKY Airlines, Nowel Ngala, expressed happiness that the airline was finally handed the right to fly into Nigeria.
“The Nigerian market is key to the airline as it operates daily services to Nigeria,” he stated.
The NCAA had suspended the flight operations of the Lome-based airline on Monday for flying into Lagos the Liberian, Patrick Sawyerr, who died on Friday from the Ebola disease.
This, it said, constituted negligence on the airline’s part and it is contrary to the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, regulations.
ASKY Airlines flies to 22 destinations in West and Central Africa with the largest network of flights from its hub in Lome – Togo.