The Nigerian government has postponed the resumption date of international flights. Flights were initially scheduled to resume operation s on August 29 but that has now been changed to September 5, 2020.
Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced the initial resumption date but the ad hoc agency in charge of COVID-19 response, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 shifted the resumption date through the head of Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency, Musa Nuhu.
Nuhu explained that some issues require sorting before air service resumption as some protocols are yet to be completed.
“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, Nuhu adds.
“So, for this reason, unfortunately, I have to let you know that the resumption date has been moved by one week to the 5th of September which is now a sacrosanct date”.
Nuhu further adds that in due course, the government will announce necessary resumption protocol.
“Also, we will be giving further details on the principle of reciprocity we have mentioned. So, hopefully early next week, we will release this,” he stated.
The Nigerian government suspended all international flights about five months ago as a result of the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The aviation minister had explained that like it was done during the resumption of domestic flights across the country, the international flights would commence with two major airports. These are the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.