- The federal government has given an update about the resumption of domestic flights
- Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, made this known on Monday, September 14
- Recall that Nigeria shut its airspace to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic
The federal government has announced the reopening of all domestic airports for travel after months of suspension of flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng reports that the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced on Monday, September 14, that the remaining domestic airports are reopened for flight operations.
Sirika who made the disclosure at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing also said that all charter flights still require approval.
Domestic flight operations began across the country on Wednesday, July 8 with the Lagos and Abuja airports while Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports reopened on Saturday, July 11.
It would be recalled that domestic flight operations were greeted with a low turnout and strict protocols at the domestic airports in Lagos and Abuja as operations commenced.
Flight operations commenced with not less than four airlines flying from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
It was also reported that other airlines are expected to start operations on Thursday, July 9. The first flight from Lagos departed with 78 passengers by 7:15 am from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) popularly known as MMA1.
Officials of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) strictly supervised passengers boarding their various flights.
This development is coming almost a month after the Nigerian government announced the resumption of international flights from August 29.
Sirika, announced on Monday, August 17, that the reopening procedure would mirror that of domestic flights where operations began with the Lagos and Abuja airports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the PTF on coronavirus has threatened to slam $3,500 fine on airlines found carrying passengers in breach of international protocols.
The PTF national coordinator, Sani Aliyu, spoke on Monday, August 24, at a news conference in Abuja. L
Aliyu said the PTF had come to the conclusion that it would now be safe to shorten the isolation period for incoming passengers.
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