The Minister of Aviation,Hadii Sirika has annouced the resumption of domestic flights in the country.In a tweet on Wednesday, Sirika said operations would resume at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja on July 8 with other airports to follow.
“I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8th of July, 2020. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11th. Other airports on the 15th. The date for international to be announced in due course. Bear with us,” he wrote.
Flights had been suspended in the country as part of movement restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The PTF had initially set June 21 as a tentative date for flight resumption and had mandated aviation agencies and operators to work on resumption protocols in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines.Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, announced at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 that held on Monday that the federal government had approved that domestic flights resume in the country on a safe date.
On June 18, Musa Nuhu, director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), announced that the resumption of flights by June 21 could no longer hold as checks still had to be carried out on the adjustments made by stakeholders.