Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, has disclosed that the Federal Government would open the Enugu, Port-Harcourt and Kano Airports to international flights before Christmas.
Sirika confirmed the development in a statement by the Director Public Affairs of the Ministry, Mr James Odaudu, in Lagos on Tuesday.
“All international airports in the country may resume international flights before the end of the year, as the ministry is working with the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The Ministry is also working with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and other relevant bodies to ensure that the airports meet all the safety and health requirements and protocols.
Sirika said that all steps are being taken to ensure that all logistic and policy necessities would be put in place to address the difficulties encountered by international travellers, especially with the impending yuletide season.
The Minister expressed satisfaction over the understanding and cooperation of aviation stakeholders in ensuring the smooth reopening of the nation’s airspace.
Also, Sirika said Nigeria had lifted the flight ban on Lufthansa, KLM and Air France, which has paved the way for them to resume their operations in and out of the country.
The Minister added that Qatar Airways had also been granted approval to start operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
“This follows the approval of their respective flight plans and schedules submitted to the Ministry.
“In granting the approvals, the ministry has emphasised the need for airlines operating in the country to employ international best practices in handling Nigerian passengers.
“This is because the government will not tolerate any form of maltreatment of its citizens by any airline,’’ he said.