- The Nigerian government has announced it is working on the resumption of international flights
- Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) stated this on Monday, July 27
- For the past three months, international flights have been suspended as a measure to check the spread of COVID-19 in the country
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The federal government has given an update concerning the resumption of international flights in the country.
The chairman of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF), Boss Mustapha, made the clarifications on Monday, July 27, at the 53rd joint national briefing of the taskforce in Abuja.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) said the government was working to fast-track the reopening of the international airspace with the aviation sector, Daily Trust reports.
According to the SGF, the most important thing is the seamless testing and detection of arrival protocols for passengers on in-bound flights.
Speaking further, Mustapha noted that the protocols are being firmed up for; and that further consultations will be held with relevant MDAs.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that after more than three months of restricting international flights, the federal government 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.
In a related development, the minister of aviation clarified reports concerning the restrictions of international flights on Tuesday, July 22.
Sirika, a former senator, was reacting to reports that the restriction of international flights will now be lifted on Thursday, October 15 as against the Wednesday, August 19, date previously reported.
A source within NCAA had told Daily Sun that the international airports would remain closed until October.
According to the source who preferred to remain anonymous, the federal government did not give a specific date for reopening.
The source stated that if there would be a further extension beyond October, the message would be passed across to relevant authorities.
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