The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has ordered the reopening of all airports in Nigeria for domestic flights.
Speaking on Monday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said private airports and airstrips were now opened for commercial flights.
According to Sirika, all airports in Nigeria including those in Jalingo, Gombe, amongst others could restart operations.
He said, “Regarding approvals for flights within the country – domestic approvals. All airports in Nigeria are now open for domestic flights. Private charter operations will no longer need approvals from us to operate within domestic airports in all government-approved airports and in all government-owned airports.
“However, those airports that are private airports – government-approved airports – the operators should check the safety status with the NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority). Such airports like Jalingo, Uyo, Asaba, Gombe, Nasarawa, Damaturu, Osubi, etc.
“So, you won’t need any approvals from the minister but you should kindly check the status of these airports with the NCAA which is normal.
“However, all flights out of the country and into the country that are private charter will still need approvals for those kinds of flights including technical stops.”
Recall that the FG reopened 14 local airports when domestic flight operations resumed in July after months of closure caused by the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
The government had also approved the reopening of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja as well as the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos for international flight operations which commenced earlier this month.