COVID-19: Does Anyone Know When Nigeria Airports Will Open Again?
By Justina Okpanku
Perhaps this is the most asked question since the Federal Government stopped flights at our airports except those on essential service: Does anyone know when Nigeria airports will open again? One London, United Kingdom-based nurse said to JUSTOURS “We missed home.”
Airports across the country have been closed down amid the Coronavirus outreak. At present,
the airports are preparing to reopen. The federal government, meanwhile, will have to clarify airlines before flight resume.
What happened was that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) shut the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azkiwe International Airport, Abuja, on March 23, 2020, to flight operations for one month as part of the measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. The three other international airports in Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano, were earlier closed to flight operations.
A few weeks ago, the Federal Government had announced the extension of the closure of the airspace and airports (both local and international) in the country by another two weeks for obvious reason.
Minister of Aviation, Haidi Sirika, said that the airports would no longer open for commercial operations on April 23 as had earlier scheduled due to the extended lockdown in the Lagos, Abuja and Ogun.
“As a result of the extension on lockdown by Mr President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by April 23, 2020. They will remain closed for a further 2 weeks. This is subject to review as appropriate, please”, he said.
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