After three months of suspended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic flights finally resumed operations at Ibadan Airport on Thursday, July 30.
It was gathered that the Airport enforced the COVID-19 safety protocols as it resumed operations. Security and health officers at the airport were seen disinfecting passengers’ baggage as well as taking the temperature of all the people entering the departure hall.
It was also observed that foot-sign distancing had been marked at the ticketing, boarding and arrival hall of the airport to ensure that passengers maintained social distancing from each other.
An Overland Airways’ aircraft marked 5N – BRQ from Lagos landed at the airport at exactly 8:05 a.m to mark the resumption of domestic operations. It then departed to Abuja at exactly 8:45 am, after nine passengers had boarded from the Ibadan Airport.
Two of the passengers; Mr. Iliya Ibrahim and Mr. Mohammed Yarima, expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the airport.
Mr. Iliya said, “The preparation by FAAN and other authorities at the airport is adequate, physical distancing is strictly observed. And I can see a lot of other facilities put in place to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are observed, so thumb up to FAAN and other authorities.”
Mr. Yarima also said, “So far with the protocols of engagement at this airport, I think it is excellent and is in conformity with the NCDC guidelines. With this, I think Nigerians are safe if we keep to the protocol that FAAN has put in place.”
Mrs. Tega Ayenuro, the Ibadan Airport Manager, also confirmed that nine passengers left Ibadan for Abuja with the first flight operated on Thursday. According to her, the airport has introduced a new way to flight operations, stressing that all COVID-19 protocols would be strictly followed.
She said, “When coming in, you have to get your hands sanitized or you wash them and you also observe the social distancing while standing, walking or sitting. Today being the first flight, it is like an inaugural flight and we had nine passengers.”
She also added that Overland Airways and Arik were the only two commercial airlines that ply the Ibadan Airport at the moment, saying they were expecting more airlines to come in.
However, the highlight of the occasion was the water-showering/welcome shower ceremony performed by the Airport Fire Service. The Airport staffers were pleased with the development and they reiterated their commitment towards ensuring the observance of COVID-19 safety protocols.