Flair Aviation, an aviation company with ties to the United Kingdom, has been caught operating commercial flights into Nigeria.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the aircraft has been seized and the crew members are being interrogated.
According to Sirika, the company was given clearance for humanitarian operations.
Flair Aviation, stated on its official website that it specialises in aircraft leasing and sales, technical and flight support, spare parts and tooling, and aviation consultation.
“Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous!
“The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve! Sirika tweeted on Sunday.
Nigeria barred international flights on March 23 as part of efforts to control the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, only essential and emergency flights are allowed in the country.