- The federal government has approved flights for 14 airports
- The approval came after the government carried out a series of inspections across the country
- The news was announced by the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika
So far, the federal government has approved not less than 14 local airports for complete re-opening and operation.
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on his Twitter page on Friday, July 24.
Sirika noted that going by the government's decision, ministerial approvals for flights are not necessary.
The minister added that this directive also affects both private and charter operations.
The full list of the airport that have undergone the ministry's inspection and thus approved for re-opening is given as follows:
1. Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos
2. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
3. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano
4. Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa
5. Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri
6. Maiduguri Airport, Maiduguri
7. Victor Attah Airport, Uyo
8. Yola Airport, Yola
9. Kaduna Airport, Kaduna
10. Margaret Airport, Calabar
11. Sultan Abubakar Airport, Sokoto
12. Birnin Kebbi Airport, Kebbi
13. Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos
14. Benin Airport, Benin
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as the number of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria increased, the federal government had shut Nigeria's international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
The Nigerian government barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, effective from Monday, March 23.
The ban was expected to be in place until April 23, according to a statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that within two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries had tripled.
It also said that there were at the time more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.
The index case of coronavirus was discovered in Lagos on February 24, when an Italian who came on a business trip to Nigeria fell ill and was later tested positive of the disease. He was quarantined for proper treatment.
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