International flights to resume soon - Minister of Aviation

The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika during a speech
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Ernest Sunday

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has revealed that international flight operations will be resuming soon after a long suspension due to coronavirus.

The minister disclosed the plan of opening the flight on Thursday, August 6, 2020, during the briefing by the members of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 issue.

According to Sirika, there is no specific date for the opening but it will be in weeks rather than months.

“We, in civil aviation want to open like yesterday. We are bleeding. We are sacking our workers; we are not paying salaries, " he said.

“We must move or fly from one point to another in order for us to remain in business but that is not the case now. So, we really want to open, but we can’t open alone.

“PTF has set up a technical committee to come up with the state where everybody is happy to start.

“If it were up to us, we won’t even close the airports, but we were forced by the virus to close.

“So, we will open as soon as all of us are happy to open, and I want to adopt what the national coordinator has said by saying, it will be in weeks rather than in months for international flights to resume.

“So please do not blame any of us because we have been putting efforts to ensure we open.

“We feel your pain, and we know that the closure of the airports has separated families and friends and denied some access to hospitals abroad, schools and businesses.

“The continuous closure is not on purpose or punitive, it is just to ensure that we remain safe and healthy, and the Government is conscious of this fact, and we are all aware of the adverse effect of the closure of the airport.”

The international and the local flight in Nigeria has been closed since the outbreak of coronavirus in the nation in March.

It has restricted people from travelling to any anywhere through an airline.

The local flight has already resumed a month ago and looks like the international flight is set to open as the pandemic has reduced to a low rate.

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