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Abuja, Lagos reopen to international flights Saturday

Only two airports to open to international flights Sunday

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued notification to airlines operating into the country ahead of planned resumption of international flights on Saturday.

In a letter, signed by NCAA director-general Musa Nuhu, it said only the international airports in Lagos and Abuja would handle international flights.

All others remain closed to international flights “until a new date is determined and announced,” Nuhu said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) informing the operators of the restart of international operations.

Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said, “The NOTAM was issued immediately we received the circular from the NCAA on Wednesday. The NOTAM takes effect from the hour 0001 utc on the 5th September.”

Daily Trust reports that the Federal Government shut down the airports to local and international flights on March 27, 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government after easing the national lockdown reopened the airport for domestic flights on July 8 while pressure mounted for the reopening of the airports for international flights.

Government initially fixed last Saturday August 29 for the resumption of international flights but it was further shifted in a bid to fine-tune the protocols put in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.