By Dipo Olowookere
International flights will resume in Nigeria from Saturday, August 29, 2020, the federal government has announced.
Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, made this announcement on Monday through his official Twitter page.
In March 2020, the federal government, in an effort to control the spread of Coronavirus disease in the country, especially through those arriving from foreign countries, banned international flight operations.
Nigeria recorded its first case of the virus in February 2020 through an Italian who was in the country for a business transaction.
Thereafter, the country recorded more cases especially in March from those returning to Nigeria which prompted the closure of the airspace to international travels before later locking it to domestic flights.
Some weeks ago, local flight operations were allowed to resume, with assurance that international flights would follow when the coast was clear.
Today, the Minister said, “[I am] glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the August 29, 2020, beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption.”
Continuing, Mr Sirika said, “Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience.”
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