The Nigeria Government has reopened all airports in the country for domestic commercial flights.
The PTF coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known while speaking at the daily briefing on COVID-19, also said that foreigners, who failed to carry out the second COVID-19 test, would have their visas revoked while leaving the country.
The minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika while speaking at the briefing, explained that other private operated airports are to reopen after meeting the required measures against COVID-19 and clearance from Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency, NCAA. The minister also said that talks are going on to reopen Nigeria airspace to some of the banned airlines and countries.
He said, “All airports in Nigeria are now open for domestic flights, including those that are for private charter operations.
“They (operators) will no longer need approvals from us to operate domestically within government-owned airports. However, for the private airports, operators should check their safety status with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
“Such airports are Jalingo, Uyo, Asaba, Gombe, Nasarawa, Damaturu, Osubi, etc. So you don’t need any approval from the minister, but you should check the status of these airports with the NCAA.”
On international chartered flights, Sirika said approvals would be needed.
He said, “All flights out of the country that are private charter will still need approvals for those kinds of flights, including technical stops.
“So with this, it means that the approvals that are sent via the NCAA, NAMA and myself will cease and if there is any change, it will be so advised accordingly.”
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