Nigerian Government shifts the resumption of international flights, as was announced on Thursday August 27, 2020. The new date is now Saturday September 5, 2020.
This announcement was made by Director-General of the NCAA, Musa Shuaibu Nuhu. This was during Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, per Vanguard.
This is what he told the PTF:“We have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on, mostly the COVID-19 protocol tests and online platform. We need to get this ready. In due course, we will be announcing the protocols for the resumptions and we will be giving further details. Hopefully early next week, we will release this.”
The country’s Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika had announced last week that international flights would resume from Aug. 29. Four flights will begin landing daily in Lagos, and four in the capital Abuja. Domestic airports in Lagos and Abuja had been allowed to resume operations in July 8. The other domestic airports resumed operations a few days later.
International and domestic airports in Nigeria have been closed since March 23, except for essential international flights. This decision was taken as part of the country’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said four flights would begin landing daily in commercial hub Lagos, and four in the capital Abuja from Aug. 29. But now, the Nigerian Government shifts the resumption of international flights to September 5.
The Ministry of Aviation also confirmed the new date on its Twitter handle.