The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Director-General, Capt Musa Nuhu has disclosed the reason the postponement of the resumption of international flights in Nigeria.
Investogist reported earlier today that, International flights resumption scheduled on 29 August was postponed to 5 September 2020, on Thursday.
Director-General, Capt Musa Nuhu, said there were other non-aeronautical logistics that needed to be put in place such as Covid-19 protocols, tests, and online platforms before opening Nigeria’s airspace to international flights.
Nuhu made this known at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja on Thursday according to Punch.
Nuhu said, “Since the announcement by the honourable minister of aviation a few weeks ago that international flights will resume anytime from 29th of August, the aviation sector has worked assiduously to be ready for this date
“The aviation sector including the airports is ready to resume on the 29th. However, we have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on mostly to do with the Covid-19 protocols, tests, and online platforms. We need to get this in place so that we will have a smooth and efficient resumption of international flights without difficulties for all the passengers.
“So, for this reason, unfortunately, I have to let you know that the resumption date has been shifted by one week to the 5th of September which is now a sacrosanct date. The initial announcement was anytime from August 29. Now we have fixed a date – 5th of September to ensure that resumption of international flights.
“In due course, once these logistics are done, we will be announcing the protocols for the resumption and also we will be giving further details on the principle of reciprocity we have mentioned. So, hopefully early next week, we will release this.”