COVID-19: Domestic airlines should not serve meals onboard – NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has restated that domestic airlines should not serve meals onboard but such meals in sealed containers be served to their passengers during disembarkation.

NCAA, however, said catering in form of packed meals could be served on domestic flights by in-flights catering companies who have carried out the appropriate risk assessment and have its approvals.

The Director-General of NCAA Captain Musa Nuhu gave the directive in a circular on public health guidelines for companies providing in-flight catering services to the airlines last week.

According to NCAA, “catering service providers have been identified as one of the key service providers to airlines that are required to put in place COVID-19 risk management measures to assure the travelling public that catering products (meals, snacks etc) served on board flights are not a potential sources of COVID-19 infection.

“With the resumption of domestic flight operations in the country in-flight catering companies were required by the authority to carry out regular risk assessments of their operations and put in place remedial actions to address any identified hazard to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 virus to their customers through their products.”

NCAA noted that non-compliance with the directive shall attract sanctions as ‘this AOL supersedes previous AOLs issued on in-flight catering services on domestic flights with respect to COVID-19 restrictions/limitations.”

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