Nigeria has rescheduled the resumption of international flights originally scheduled for the 29th of August to allow the country`s Civil Aviation Authority to complete Covid 19 protocols, tests and online platforms. The flights will now commence on the 5th of September, 2020.
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Director General, Captain Musa Nuhu made the announcement on Thursday 27 August 2020 during the national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid19.
“The aviation industry including the airports is ready to resume on the 29th. However, we have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on mostly to do with the Covid-19 protocols, tests, and online platforms. We need to get this in place so that we will have a smooth and efficient resumption of international flights without difficulties for all the passengers,” Captain Nuhu said.
“The initial announcement was anytime from August 29. Now we have fixed a date – 5th of September to ensure that resumption of international flights,” Captain Nuhu added.
The announcement comes after Nigeria had closed its air borders on 25 March due to the coronavirus. As a common practice with countries that have resumed international flights, Nigeria will release a list of countries whose nationals will be allowed to enter Nigeria on both quarantine and non-quarantine protocols.
“A comprehensive list of the affected countries will be released to the public alongside the covid19 protocols,” Captain Nuhu concluded.
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