Nigeria shifts resumption of international flights to Sept 5
Nigeria on Thursday said it was not ready to reopen the international airspace as earlier scheduled, instead has shifted resumption of flights to a new date of September 5 as airport authorities are yet to complete all Covid-19 protocol required before the earlier date.
“Since the announcement by the Minister of Aviation that international flights will resume anytime from the 29th of August, the aviation sector has worked assiduously to be ready for this date,” Director-General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu said on Thursday.
Nuhu also said the authority will release a comprehensive list of countries that will not be allowed to fly into the country by next week.
“The aviation sector, including the airports is already working towards this line. However, we have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on and it has mostly to do with COVID protocols test and open the online platform.
“We need to get all these ready and in place so that we have a smooth and efficient resumption of the international flights without difficulties for all the passengers.
“So for this reason, unfortunately, I have to let you know the resumption date has been shifted by one week and it is now 5th of September which is now a sacrosanct date.
“The initial announcement was anytime from 29th of August but now, we have fixed a date; 5th of September to ensure that the sacrosanct date for the resumption of international flight.”
Nigeria has scheduled the resumption of international flights as from August 29, after more than four months closure of the country’s airspace to international flights in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus and the attendant restriction imposed to contain the spread of the dreaded disease.