Nigeria will resume international flight operations on August 29, the Federal Government has announced.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He explained that the process for the resumption of international flights in the country would be similar to that of the domestic flight resumption.
According to the minister, the resumption will commence on 29 August at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He thanked Nigerians for their patience while the ban on international flights was enforced and gave an assurance that the protocols and procedures for resumption would be announced in due course.
Sirika also announced the resumption of international flights via his Twitter handle.
Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption. Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience.🙏🏽🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🙏🏽
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) August 17, 2020
According to the minister, the Covid-19 protocol and procedure for departure and arrival will be announced in due cause.
International flights have been suspended in the country since March 23 in a bid to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Domestic flights were also suspended but have since resumed in June as the country rolls back coronavirus-induced lockdowns.