- Due to COVID-19, the Nigerian government has extended the ban on international flights in the country
- The extension was communicated in a notice by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority
- Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, said an agreed date will be announced for the resumption of international flights
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The federal government on Tuesday, July 21, extended the ban on international flights in the country.
The extension was communicated in a notice by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) informing stakeholders in the aviation sector, Daily Trust reported.
The notice stated that the Nigerian airspace would no longer reopen for international flights on August 19.
The federal government has extended the closure of our airports to all international flights with the exception of aircraft in a statement of emergency,” the statement read.
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, said an agreed date will be announced for the resumption of international flights.
Legit.ng recalls that the government suspended international flights in March following the COVID-19 pandemic but it recently reopened the airports for domestic flights.
Meanwhile, the federal government has warned that very important personalities might face jail terms if found guilty of flouting of COVID-19 protocol put in place at domestic airports.
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, gave the warning on Thursday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Daily Trust reports.
He said there were ongoing investigations to ascertain if a former governor, Abdulaziz Yari, and Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state, flouted COVID-19 protocol as reported recently.
The minister said if the investigation absolves them of any fault, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) would publicly clear them of such allegations.
In another report, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has been praised for observing all safety protocols at the arrival hall of Port Harcourt International Airport.
The governor was praised by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Wednesday, July 15, in a tweet sighted by Legit.ng.
This comes hours after the organisation lambasted former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, for violating COVID-19 rules.
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