The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, tweeted on Sunday that:
“Flairjet were found to violate our civil aviation regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV) 7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2 (VIII) (4).
“The maximum penalty for each is N500, 000.
“We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanour to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission,”
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the company was recently authorised to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.
NAN reports that the federal government had earlier banned commercial flights from operating into Nigeria as part of measures to curb spread of coronavirus.
Though, flights for essential services, such as the delivery of food supplies and items for humanitarian use are allowed to operate.
All airports in Nigeria are closed to international commercial flights until at least June 4 and it’s only passenger flights, which evacuate people or repatriate Nigerian citizens are currently allowed to operate.