The resumption of international flights has been postponed to September 5th as against the initial reopening on August 29 2020
This was announced by Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, on Thursday’s briefing by the Presidential Task Force.
Recall earlier that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had announced that international flights would resume on August 29. However, Nuhu stated that the new date was picked as a result of issues yet to be sorted out before the international flights can operate in and out of the country.
Mr Nuhu said;
“The aviation sector including the airports is ready to resume on the 29th. However, we have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on mostly to do with the Covid-19 protocols, tests, and online platforms. We need to get this in place so that we will have a smooth and efficient resumption of international flights without difficulties for all the passengers.
So, for this reason, unfortunately, I have to let you know that the resumption date has been shifted by one week to the 5th of September which is now a sacrosanct date. The initial announcement was anytime from August 29. Now we have fixed a date – 5th of September to ensure that resumption of international flights.
“In due course, once these logistics are done, we will be announcing the protocols for the resumption and also we will be giving further details on the principle of reciprocity we have mentioned. So, hopefully early next week, we will release this.”
The country’s airspace and airports had been shut in March to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic but the federal government on July 8 opened the airspace and airports for domestic flight operations.