International flights will resume in Nigeria from October 2020. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that it is extending closure of international air space until 15 October 2020.
According to the NOTAM, “The federal government of Nigeria has extended the closure of our airports to all international flights with the exception of aircraft in a state of emergency. However, approval may be requested and granted to over flights operations related to humanitarian aids, medical relief flights, alternative aerodrome in the flight plan and also those being used for extended diversion time operation, technical landing where passengers do not disembark, cargo flights and other safety related operations.”
The publication of this NOTAM means international commercial passenger flights will only resume after the 15th of October 2020. Only essential and diplomatic flights will be allowed for now until the airspace is reopened for international flight operations.
Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika tweeted a contradictory positioning saying, “International Flight resumption date is not October. NAMA just issued a routine 90-day Notices to Airmen (NOTAM). In liaison with Health, Foreign Affairs & PTF COVID-19, we will announce the agreed date, regardless of the ban by Europe, UAE etc. May be earlier than October.”
The international airspace remains closed up to October 15 and this might be reviewed as indicated by the Minister of Aviation.
Both Air Peace and Azman Airlines have performed repatriation flights to Nigeria from non-African destinations. Air Peace have conducted medical cargo flights from China to Nigeria.
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