The Federal Government has approved the reopening of international flights, asking airlines in the country to begin a gradual process of the resumption of international flights.
This comes after an intense review of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent approval of the resumption of international flights and train services by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF).
The National Coordinator, PTF, Sani Aliyu on Thursday asked aviation authorities and operators to commence preparations for the resumption of international flights."For international travel, we have made recommendations to the aviation industry to commence the process for opening international airports provided all existing international and local prevention guidelines and COVID-19 are in place," he said.
While explaining the process, Aliyu said "We have modified the advice with regards to arrival for flights: Passengers arriving at the airports for domestic flight advice to arrive at least one and a half hours before their flight, and three hours before international flights where these restarts."
Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) during the daily briefing of the PTF said "It’s important to ensure that restrictions are not completely relaxed in order to control transmission.
"It is also important that at this Community Transmission Phase of the pandemic sub-national governments step up to take more responsibilities by owning the response.
"To sustain gains already made, therefore, the PTF recommended to the President the retention of the current phase of the response with minor changes to address economic, socio-political, and health concerns.
"It is, however, important to inform you that the major changes being proposed are aimed at achieving the following:
"Gradual re-opening of international air flights within established parameters;
"Re-opening of rail transportation within established parameters".
Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika noted that the aviation sector is ready for reopening, adding that international flights would open when all safety measures are up to standard in the coming weeks.