Nigeria’s Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has taken to his verified twitter handle to break the good news of the reopening of domestic flight operations after a long break caused by the dreadful coronavirus pandemic.
On his twitter handle @hadisirika, he wrote:
“I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8th of July, 2020. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11th. Other airports on the 15th. The date for international to be announced in due course. Bear with us, please 🇳🇬🙏🏽🇳🇬”
I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8th of July, 2020. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11th. Other airports on the 15th. Date for international to be announced in due course. Bear with us, please 🇳🇬🙏🏽🇳🇬
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) July 1, 2020
In a similar tweet from the Federal Ministry of Aviation @fmaviationng, the news of the commencement of domestic flight operations was also announced:
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO RESUME JULY 8TH
Domestic flights which have been suspended in Nigeria since March 2020 will finally resume on the 8th of July, 2020. pic.twitter.com/efj7YcBhgS
— Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria (@fmaviationng) July 1, 2020
You will recall that the Nigerian government had initially refused to lock her airspace when the coronavirus pandemic began in Wuhan, China last year. However, the Nigerian government had to make a U-turn in her decision in March when it was very obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to hit the country. However, it has been clearly stated that it is absolutely necessary for air passengers to take necessary precautions and observe COVID-19 prevention protocols such as social distancing, wearing of face masks, et cetera. In readiness for this, the airlines have also been inspected to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures and protocols.
Minister of Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika also thanked stakeholders in the aviation industry and the Nigerian public who have had to cope with the adverse effects of the flight suspension for their perseverance and cooperation in ensuring a successful return of operations at the nation’s airports.
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