The Federal Government has announced the full reopening of all domestic airports at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
However, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that while charter flights must seek approval before reopening, other private operated airports would reopen after meeting the required measures and guidelines against Covid-19 and clearance from Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.
“Regarding approvals for flights within the country -domestic approvals. All airports in Nigeria are now open for domestic flights. Private charter operations will no longer need approvals from us to operate within domestic airports in all government-approved airports and in all government-owned airports.
“However, those airports that are private airports – government-approved airports – the operators should check the safety status with the NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority). Such airports like Jalingo, Uyo, Asaba, Gombe, Nasarawa, Damaturu and Osubi, among others. So, you won’t need any approvals from the minister but you should kindly check the status of these airports with the NCAA which is normal.
“However, all flights out of the country and into the country that are private charter will still need approvals for those kinds of flights including technical stops,” Sirika said.