OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR - GENERAL
ALL OPERATORS LETTER (DG 012/20)
Ref: NCAA /DG/AIR/11/16/115 Rev.01
Date: 8th June, 2020
To: All Domestic and Foreign Airlines/ Other Aviation Service Providers
FROM: NIGERIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
ATTN: ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER/ COUNTRY MANAGER
SUBJECT: REVISED NATIONAL INTERIM GUIDANCE ON AIRCRAFT/AVIATION FACILITIES CLEANING AND DISINFECTION IN RELATION TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMICS.
IMPORTANT: This AOL supersedes the one dated 20th April,2020. Changes are highlighted in grey.
Around December 2019, an outbreak of a new type of coronavirus was identified in the province of Hubei,China. Since that time the evolution of the outbreak was very rapid reaching out to the most of the countries worldwide majorly by air travel. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30th of January 2020 and further declared it as a pandemic on 11th March 2020.. The first case the coronavirus disease COVID-19 was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020 in Nigeria.
Person- to person transmission has been established between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 metres/6 feet, primary via respiratory droplets. Droplet transmission occurs when respiratory droplets generated via coughing, sneezing or talking contact susceptible mucosal surfaces, such as the eyes nose or mouth. Transmission may occur indirectly via contact with contaminated fomites with hands and then mucosal surfaces. Respiratory droplets are large and are not able to remain suspended in the air thus they are usually dispersed over short distances.
Since then NCAA has issued several All Operators Letters (AOLs) containing different protocols for handling of aircraft, flight crews and cargo during the period of lockdown and flight restrictions
The purpose of this All Operators Letter (AOL) is provide information and guidance for Aircraft and Airport Cleaning and Disinfection in Relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please note the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations 2015 (Nig. CARs 2015) Part 18.8.19 prescribes the regulatory requirement for Disinfection of Aircraft.
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