The Federal Government has hinted on possible reopening airports for international air travel in a matter of weeks.
The Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, dropped the hint last Thursday, without giving a specific date for the resumption after months of closure due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
“It will be in weeks rather than in months,” Sirika told a regular briefing in the capital Abuja on coronavirus.
Oriental News Nigeria, reports that government has remained undecided as to when to officially announce commencement of international flights.
Sometime in July, government announced that international flight operations might be resuming before October 2020, despite the ban of flight operations from Europe, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and others.
That statement was made by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in a tweet post through his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
That was seen as a clarification from the minister after the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), issued a routine 90-day Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), thus foreclosing the resumption of international flight operations around August.
A notice to airmen is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.
Sirika in the tweet post said, “International flight resumption date is not October.
NAMA just issued a routine 90 days Notices to Airmen (NOTAM).
In liaison with Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, we will announce the agreed date, regardless of the ban by Europe, United Arab Emirates (UAE), etc. may be earlier than October.’’
The Federal Government has been under pressure from some stakeholders in the aviation industry to start international flight operations especially with the resumption of domestic flight operations earlier in July.