The federal government has announced to reopen Nigeria’s airspace for international travel on August 29.
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, announced today Monday the 17th of August 2020 the federal government will reopen Nigeria’s airspace for international travel on August 29.
The minister said that the reopening procedure will mirror that of domestic flights where operations began with the Lagos and Abuja airports.
“Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption,” he tweeted.
“Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience.”
GLAD TO ANNOUNCE THE RESUMPTION OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE 29TH OF AUGUST, 2020. BEGINNING WITH LAGOS AND ABUJA AS WE DID WITH THE DOMESTIC FLIGHT RESUMPTION. PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.🙏🏽🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🙏🏽
— HADI SIRIKA (@HADISIRIKA) AUGUST 17, 2020
Nigeria shut its airspace to international travel on March 23, 2020, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Domestic flight operations began across the country on July 8 with the Lagos and Abuja airports while Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports reopened on July 11.
On August 6, Sani Aliyu, national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, asked the aviation authorities and airline operators to begin the process for the resumption of international flights.