- Lagos and Abuja airports to start
- No date yet for International resumption
Lagos and Abuja airports would resume flight operations from Wednesday July 8, 2020 according to the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is ironic that Nigeria shut the domestic airspace when the country had far less than 20 cases of the rampaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) and only one death but are now reopening domestic flight operations when the country is battling with over 25,000 positive cases and over 500 deaths arising from the complications of COVID-19.
The announcement for the resumption of domestic flights in the country is coming after three months when the airports across the country were shut by the government to curtail the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which the President of the United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald John Trump described as an “unseen enemy.”
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this in a tweet on Wednesday. He said the Abuja and Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on July 8, while the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports would resume Saturday July 11, 2020. The rest of the airports are also expected to resume operations on Wednesday July 15.
Apparently because Nigeria does not have control over what happens on the international airspace, Sirika, stated that international airports will be announced in due course.