The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said that only five airports will be allowed to open for domestic flights effective from June 21, 2020.
A circular signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu stated that the airports to reopen for operations 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 added that the Nigerian Airspace remains closed for International flights.
The circular in part reads
”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.” the statement read
On Monday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced plans to reopen the airports for domestic flights beginning from June 21.