Nigeria plans to reopen of international flights in weeks
Nigeria said on Thursday it will reopen for international air travel in a matter of weeks, but the aviation minister said who made the announcement did not specify a timeline for the resumption after months of closure due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
“It will be in weeks rather than in months,” Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika told a regular briefing in the capital Abuja on coronavirus.
Nigeria began to close its airports in March, a month after Africa’s most populous country confirmed its first coronavirus case. Domestic air travel restarted last month.
The country has 44,890 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 900 deaths, figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control show.
The government reopened the domestic airspace last month as it gradually eases the lockdown imposed in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.
However, the planned reopening of international flights is without a timeline, which further put many Nigerian trapped in the country since in the outbreak and the lockdown on edge.
Last month, many Nigerians urged the minister to reopen the international airspace to enable Nigerians who are trapped in the country and abroad the opportunity to return back to their base.
“Respected sir, please resume international flights to India. Indian government is ready to co.operate mutually with countries that are functional. Please we need to go home,” a Twitter handle with Sree wrote in response to the minister announcement.
Another Twitter user Adebayo Adebayo wrote that; “An update on International flight will assist individuals in planning their travels.”
Majiya Kazeem wrote; ” This should be a welcome addition to open the international flights soon
Please sir we have waited too long for the news I hope you know how it feels to be stranded and not being with your loved ones. It is really killing soul. Please open up int’l airport.”