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Latin America’s biggest airline, the Chile-based LATAM, on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy under the U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy code after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated passenger demand. “The Chapter 11 financial reorganization process is a proven legal framework under which LATAM and affiliates will have the opportunity to resize their operations to the new demand environment and reorganise their balance sheets,” the airline said in a statement. The group attributed its financial difficulties to the novel...

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday said that the Damaturu International Airport would be tested landed on May 29. Buni disclosed this in Damaturu while hosting the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. “The Damaturu International Airport will be test-landed on May 29, and we are going to provide Nigeria Air Force (NAF) quarters there as we have already promised. “We are soon commencing on the quarters project and all...

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is yet to release a post COVID-19 travel guidelines for air travellers. Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, said this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday. She said: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement released by a certain Tayo Olu to the effect that the federal government, through FAAN has released a post-COVID-19 travel guideline for air travellers....

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Passenger flights in and out of Lithuania have resumed after a break of more than a month and a half during the coronavirus pandemic.  German airline Lufthansa had a flight from Frankfurt to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Wednesday afternoon with more than 150 passengers. A similar number of passengers flew the other way from Vilnius to Frankfurt later in the evening, local media reported. The passengers had to undergo a medical check after landing...

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Mrs. Kafayat Amusan, one of the stranded Nigerian travellers returning from the United Arab Emirates, Wednesday delivered a baby boy onboard Emirates Airlines departing from Dubai to Lagos. Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations Office of Nigerians in Dispora Commission (NIDCOM), made the disclosure in a statement sent to the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday. According to him, Amusan put to bed onboard the plane, 30 minutes after...

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The Niger government on Tuesday announced a ban on night travels from 6 p.m to 7 a.m. as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. A statement by Mrs Mary Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, said that the governor gave the directive during a meeting with the state Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 in Minna. Bello appealed to chairmen of the various local...

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Six people, including two pilots, were killed when a plane carrying medical supplies crashed in south-western Somalia on Monday, authorities said. “The cause of the accident is not yet known,” government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar told dpa. The plane, which was carrying medical supplies needed in the fight against the coronavirus, took off from Baidoa airport in the Bay region. It crashed shortly after, near the town of Bardaale where it was meant to land,...

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The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, has ordered passport offices nationwide to take advantage of the Federal Government phased easing of lockdown to release the processed passport to the applicants. The Service Public Relations Officer (SPEO), Mr. Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government phased and a gradual easing of Lockdown was effective from Monday. NAN...

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Two women were, on Saturday, crushed to death in an accident involving a Mack truck and a motorcycle around Lotto, beside NNPC filling station, on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta. Akinbiyi, who said that the accident occurred around 8:02 am., added that the truck, marked FST 984 XX, had brake failure, lost control, and hit the moving motorcycle,...

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The Nigeria Army at Nsukka checkpoint has intercepted over 30 vehicles loaded with passengers intending to pass through the state’s borders. They disclosed that the passengers who were mostly Northerners hid with bags of food items, which are allowed into the state as essential commodities. One of the intercepted passengers, Peter when interviewed said he was coming into the state from Benue State. He disclosed that they trekked from the state land boundary from Amalla...