Nigeria: International flights now resume Sept 5
The Federal Government of Nigeria has shifted the resumption date for the commencement of international flights into and out of the country from August 29 to September 5.
Punch reported that Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had announced on August 17 that international flights would resume on August 29 following pressures from the public for the resumption of the flights.
But at Thursday’s briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu, declared that international flights would not resume as earlier announced.
He said September 5 was picked as the new date for international flights resumption, stressing that there were still issues to be sorted out before allowing international carriers to operate into and out of Nigeria.
When Sirika announced that international flights into and out of Nigeria would resume on August 29, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had stated that the date was not sacrosanct.
But Nuhu declared on Thursday said the new September 5 date was sacrosanct, as everything was being done to ensure that operations resume next week Saturday.
International flights were suspended by the Federal Government across the country about five months as a result of the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.