Airports in Nigeria will remain shut for another two weeks as the Federal Government intensifies effort to flatten the COVID 19 curve.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday, April 20, 2020, in a tweet via his Twitter handle.
According to the tweet, airports in the country will no longer open for commercial operations on April 23 as had earlier scheduled due to the extended lockdown in the Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun states.
‘‘As a result of the extension on the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd of April 2020. They will remain closed for a further 2 weeks. This subject to review as appropriate, please” he said.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had shut the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on March 23, 2020, to flight operations for one month as part of the measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. The two airports were in addition to the 3 other international airports in Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano, which were earlier closed to flight operations.
Only essential flights, which include cargo services, emergency landing, and evacuation, among others, were allowed though subject to the approval of the Minister of Aviation.