FG postpones international flights resumption date

The federal government of Nigeria has shifted the resumption date for international flights
Ernest Sunday

The Federal Government of Nigeria has shifted the initial date of international flights which was scheduled to start on August 29, 2020, to September 5th.

The postponement was revealed on Thursday by Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He said the decision was made after the ministry of aviation tried to get everything needed for the resumption ready but could not meet up with the date earlier announced.

Nuhu declared Saturday, September 5th as the new date for the resumption to make sure things are sorted out so that it will not be difficult for travellers

Nuhu said, “Since the announcement by the Minister of Aviation a few weeks ago that international flights will resume anytime from August 29, the aviation sector has worked assiduously to be ready for this date.

“The aviation sector including the airports is ready to resume on the 29th. However, we have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on mostly to do with the COVID-19 protocols, tests, and online platforms.

“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.

“So, for this reason, unfortunately, I have to let you know that the resumption date has been shifted by one week to the 5th of September which is now a sacrosanct date.”

The General further stated that rules and guidelines for the resumption would be brought out as early as next week.

“Also, we will be giving further details on the principle of reciprocity we have mentioned. So, hopefully early next week, we will release this,” Nuhu added.

The international flights which was closed about five months ago due to the coronavirus outbreak was meant to reopen on August 29 but has further been delayed.

The resumption was meant to start only at two airports Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

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