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More Airports Reopen Across Nigeria

Channels Television  
Updated July 15, 2020
This photo taken on July 6, 2020, shows the front view of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Members of the House Committee on Aviation have inspected the airport ahead of the resumption of domestic flights scheduled for July 8, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

More airports across the country are now open for flight operations after about three months of shutdown following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the resumption schedule from the Ministry of Aviation, the airports in Akwa Ibom, Edo, Kwara, and Kaduna, among others are expected to reopen today.

Last week, flight operations resumed at the airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Port Harcourt, as well as the Maiduguri and Owerri airports.

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At the airports, passengers were seen wearing face masks, observing social distancing and adhering to other COVID-19 protocols.

 

 

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 gave the go-ahead for the commencement of domestic flights following approval by the president.

On July 1, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced that the Abuja and Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on July 8, the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports would resume on the 11th, while others would resume operations on the 15th.

Sirika, however, noted that a date for the international airports will be announced in due course. See more photos here.

Meanwhile, Channels Television gathered that in Benin, passengers hoping to use the airport may have to wait a bit longer as the facility appears not to be ready to resume operations.

When Channels Television visited the airport, there were no passengers at the facility but airline operators and officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria were seen but no one was willing to speak on the reason for the delay.

The arrival and departure terminals are, however, wearing a different look in line with COVID-19 guidelines, with work still in progress.