COVID-19: Nigerian government says it will not rush to resume international flight

COVID-19: Nigerian government says it will not rush to resume international flight

- The Nigerian government has said it is not in a hurry to resume international flights

- The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known on Monday, July 13, in Abuja

- As a measure to check the spread of COVID-19, international flights were suspended in the country months back

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After more than three months of restricting international flights, the federal government has said it will not rush to announce the resumption of operations.

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, disclosed this on Monday, July 13, at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

Sirika explained that whatever decision is made concerning the resumption of flight operations into and out of the country would be in the interest of the public.

The minister while noting international flight operations has not been opened in several countries, added that Nigeria has not received clearance to fly to countries that are already operating.

COVID-19: Nigerian government says it will not rush to resume international flight
Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation
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“Everyone is trying to keep safe. These and many other reasons will make us be cautious and study some more and liaise with stakeholders to decide when we will open international flights.

“Within the sector, we want to reopen because we are bleeding and losing money but we have to remain alive first before we make money,” he said.

According to Sirika, consultations would also have to be carried out with the World Health Organisation, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and other aviation stakeholders.

Recall that flights were restricted from 13 countries that had more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus to curb the spread of the virus.

The federal government had on Friday, March 20, announced restriction of international flights to Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMI) Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that flight operations were greeted with a low turnout and strict protocols at the domestic airport as operations commenced on Wednesday, July 8, after about four months of suspension of flights.

Flight operations commenced with not less than four airlines flying from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

In other news, the federal government declared that the last cabin row of aircraft would be designated as an isolation centre for air travellers that exhibit symptoms of coronavirus.

The minister of aviation disclosed this on Monday, July 6, during the Presidential Task Force (PFT) briefing on COVID-19.

Sirika said this was part of the safety measures taken against coronavirus as the nation prepares for resumption of domestic flights.

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