By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Federal Government, via a statement by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, all airports in Nigeria have been opened for domestic flight operations.
Sirika made this disclosure on Monday in Abuja during the daily routine press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The minister, while stating that approvals for flights within the country would not be needed from the ministry again, pointed out that operators flying into private- owned airports must know the status of such airports.
Speaking at the parley, Sirika said that, “All airports in Nigeria are now open for domestic flights, including those that are for private charter operations.
“They (operators) will no longer need approvals from us to operate domestically within government-owned airports. However, for the private airports, operators should check their safety status with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
“Such airports are Jalingo, Uyo, Asaba, Gombe, Nasarawa, Damaturu, Osubi, etc. So you don’t need any approval from the minister, but you should check the status of these airports with the NCAA.”
However, for international chartered flights, Sirika said that, “All flights out of the country that are private charter will still need approvals for those kind of flights, including technical stops.
“So with this, it means that the approvals that are sent via the NCAA, NAMA and myself will cease and if there is any change, it will be so advised accordingly.”
In July, the Federal Government opened 14 airports managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, following their shut down for several months, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move that was meant to check the spread of the disease.