FG Discloses Dates for the Resumption of International Flights in the Country
The Federal Government has disclosed dates for the resumption of international flights at the Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu airports.
This was made known by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika while speaking during the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on Covid-19.
He said that the Enugu airport will be reopened on May 3, 2021 while Kano and Port Harcourt airports will be reopened on April 5th and April 15th 2021 respectively, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in March 2020, ordered the suspension of international flights to limit the spread of the coronavirus after it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
While domestic flights were also suspended, it resumed in September 2020. The Nigerian government later approved the reopening of International flights in batches beginning with Lagos and Abuja international airports.
“We will do only at a time what will be good for the management of this virus, it is very painful especially for us in civil aviation to have our airports closed and our direct source of income affected as we are finding it extremely difficult to pay salaries.” he said.
Mr Sirika further assured that efforts are being put in place to ensure the smooth and safe operations of the airports when they’re finally reopened.