Covid-19: Nigeria not ready for International flights – Sirika




Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has disclosed that the country is not ready to open her international airspace for international flight activities.

Speaking in Abuja at Monday’s Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus (Covid-19) press briefing, Sirika said the Federal Government will not rush the restart of international flights in and out of Nigeria.

According to him the PTF and relevant agencies in the aviation industry are still brainstorming on the best time to allow for resumption of international flights, adding that when the situation is right international flights will resume without further delay.

The Minister however stated that passengers will be required to be at the airports three hours before departure of the flights to enable them go through all the airport checks without much hassles.

Sirika said that PTF has reviewed downward the time for local flights passengers to arrive at the airport, pointing out that passengers are now required to be at the airport an hour and half for the check-in formalities.

He also said the PTF is happy that local flights have resumed without hitches hence he commended stakeholders in the aviation industry for the success so far achieved.

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