All international airports in Nigeria may resume international flight operations before the end of the year, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said.
The Minister, who stated this on Twitter on Tuesday, stated that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation is working with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and other relevant bodies to ensure that the airports meet all safety and health requirements and protocols.
He also said that some airlines including Air France, Lufthansa, Rwanda Air, KLM Royal Dutch, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and TAAG Angola have been cleared to operate flights into Nigeria.
“We are working with the Ministry of Health, CACOVID, and the Presidential Taskforce to open Kano, Port Harcourt, and possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year.
“Also, Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM have been given the go-ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience,” he stated.
The international airports that are yet to be cleared to resume operations are the Port Harcourt airport, the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, and the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.
According to Sirika, all hands are on deck to ensure that all logistic and policy necessities will be put in place to address difficulties encountered by international travellers, especially with festive seasons around the corner.