The Federal Government has impounded an aircraft belonging to a British company, FlairJet for operating commercial flights into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos despite the ban on such flight operations in Nigerian airports.
According to reports, the FlairJet operated a Legacy 600 aircraft with registration G-ERFX into the Lagos airport after getting approval for humanitarian operations.
It was gathered that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had begun investigations into the matter, as officials at the agency and the Federal Ministry of Aviation stated that the aircraft was not cleared for commercial flights.
They noted that the country’s airports were still under lockdown to commercial flight operations, as further findings would tell why the crew of the impounded plane decided to fly into Lagos on Sunday.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced the seizure via his official Twitter handle on Sunday.
He confirmed that the aircraft was only authorised to conduct humanitarian flights.
Sirika also stated that the impounded aircraft had no approval outside humanitarian operations but was caught operating commercial flights.
The minister stressed that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a “maximum penalty” would be imposed on the company for flouting the shutdown of the country’s airspace by the Federal Government to commercial flight operations.