Barely three months after launching a new policy for general aviation, which prohibited private jet owners from carrying their friends and associates, the Federal Government has of recent stopped private jet owners and chartered jet operators from using the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos for foreign travels.
The order, which has taken effect, was conveyed through a memo from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to the heads of all the security agencies operating at the MMIA.
Airport sources on Friday, said that following the order, some private jet owners and chartered jet operators had stopped travelling through the international wing of the MMIA. To this end, private jet owners and chartered jet passengers flying out and coming into the country will not go through the required security screening, including that of the Immigration, Customs, narcotics control and the State Security Service at the MMIA.
The memo also directed the heads of security agencies to deploy personnel to a privately-owned Fixed Base Operation facility to conduct the necessary checks on the private jet owners and passengers before and after foreign trips.