Reports from IgbereTV are that the Federal Government has made an announcement that only five airports will be reopened when flight operations resume on Saturday, June 21.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)has released a circular showing that the domestic airports to be opened will include Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano. The circular also says that all other airports that are not among the five should remain closed for further assessment.
The circular stated Nigeria’s airspace remains closed to international flights. As expected, after review and assessment, other airports are will be included.
The full statement from the NCAA about flight restrictions is shown below:
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR – GENERAL
ALL OPERATORS LETTER (DG 016/20)
Ref: NCAA /DG/AIR/11/16/121
Date: 1st June 2020
To: ALL DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN OPERATORS
FROM : NIGERIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
ATTN: ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER/ COUNTRY MANAGER
SUBJECT: UPDATE ON CLARIFICATION ON FLIGHT RESTRICTION DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
Our letter Ref. No :NCAA /DG/AIR/11/16/117 dated 6th May 2020 with respect to restriction of flights.
Following the announcement by President Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the easing of and the start of second phase on the COVID-19 lockdown , we wish to inform the industry of the following:
The closure of Nigerian airports to domestic flights has been extended to 2300Z on the 20th June 2020. The gradual start of domestic flight operations will commence on 21st June 2020 with Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri. Other airports will be gradually added to the network after a review and assessment.
All flights to any airport outside the above five listed airports above shall comply with the existing COVID- 19 protocols for approvals.
The closure of Nigerian airports to international flights will continue until a date of resumption is announced.
Emergency and essentials flights are exempted from this restriction and shall comply with the existing COVID-19 protocols for approvals.
Please be guided accordingly.
Captain Musa S. Nuhu Director-General/CEO