The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it will deploy robots in all its airport facilities nationwide. This is as Nigeria plans to restart interstate air travel and open up itself for domestic commercial flights.
The PUNCH reported that the FAAN robots will help prioritise the safety of staff and travelers at airports. The tasks will include passenger facilitation processes like profiling, check-ins, temperature checks. The robots will also help to detect security threats including dangerous goods and arms.
With robots taking over some roles in airports, the FAAN hopes to reduce the risk of exposure to infection.
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The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu confirmed the development to The PUNCH. She said a demonstration of the robots took place at the Lagos Airports on 27th June 2020.
NCAA to greenlight resumption of flight operations
On playing their part in ensuring that domestic flights reopen without hitches, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) also conducted a simulation flight ahead of the reopening of the country’s airspace for commercial operations.
They partnered with Aero Contractors in this process as well. The route they chose was from the Abuja Airport to the Lagos Airport and back. The expectation is that the NCAA will announce the resumption of domestic flight operations as soon as it can.
Nigeria’s airports and airspace were shut in March 2020 in compliance with the nationwide lockdown put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 by the President Muhammadu Buhari. However, they have been available for essential purposes such as for medical supplies, evacuation, and others.
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