The Nigerian Government has fined Flairjet, the company that owns the impounded British aircraft, the sum of N1 million for going against the suspension of commercial flight operation imposed to aid the containment of COVID-19.
Minister of Aviation Minister, Captain Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on his official Twitter handle on Sunday.
The minister accused the airline of violating the Civil Aviation Regulations Implementation Standards by operating a commercial flight in the country as opposed to the humanitarian operations it was given approval to do.
He revealed that the federal government has reported their misdemeanor to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and the UK High Commission in Nigeria.
“Flairjet were found to violate our Civil Aviation Regulations Implementation Standards 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 misdemeanor to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission,” the minister wrote.