The Federal Government moved the resumption date from 29 August 2020 to 5 September 2020 for the restart of international flights to and from Nigeria on Thursday.
Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika announced on 17 August 2020 that international flights would resume on 29 August, owing to public demand to restart flights.
But the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu, stated at the Presidential Task Force ‘s briefing on COVID-19 Thursday in Abuja that international flights will not resume as previously announced.
“Regret to report that the previously planned resumption of the international flight on 29 August has been postponed to 5 September 2020,” the Federal Aviation Ministry has tweeted.
As Sirika last week Monday declared that international flights into and out of Nigeria will resume on August 29, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said that the date was not sacrosanct.
The Federal Government suspended international flights around the country for about five months as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
He further disclosed that the international flights would start with two major airports, as was done during the resumption of domestic flights across the country.
Sirika said focus should be placed on the implementation of all the protection and technical guidance as recommended by global and health authorities, which will be communicated in due course.