FG Announces Resumption Of Domestic Flights

by Olamilekan Okeowo

After almost four months of suspension of flights to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, domestic flight operators have received the approval of the Federal Government to resume operations from Wednesday July 8, 2020.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in a tweet on Wednesday.

According to him, the Abuja and Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on July 8, while the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Maiduguri airports would resume on the 11th.

Other airports are also expected to resume operations on the 15th.
Sirika, however, noted that a date for the international airports will be announced in due course.

Recall that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, airports and airline operations just like several other sectors of the economy had been shut to curb the spread of the virus.

Subsequently, as of May, the aviation minister stated that the sector was the worst hit since the pandemic hit the country.

“We are in very difficult moments like everyone else. All of this started because someone traveled and unfortunately came back home with it and the consequence is what we’ve been going through. We are the worst-hit than any other sector. Some N17 billion monthly is being lost by the airlines, thanks to COVID-19,” Sirika had said at the time.

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