International flights might resume before October, 2020 if the words of the Minister for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika is anything to go by.
Responding to feelers that international flights will wait till October, 2020, the Minister took to his official Twitter handle to refute the information saying that “international Flight resumption date is not October.” He affirmed that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has issued a routine 90-day Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). “In liaison with Health, Foreign Affairs & Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, we will announce the agreed date, regardless of the ban by Europe, United Arab Emirates (UAE), etcetera,” he stated, saying that this might be earlier than October.
There has been pressure on the federal government to commence international flight operations after Nigeria commenced local flight operations from select airports in the country. It had been speculated that the international operations will take effect from August.
The notice to airmen is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.
This position reaffirms the statement from the Aviation Ministry that passengers looking to travel out of the country will have to wait a bit longer as the dates for the resumption of international flights in and out of the country will be announced later.
The federal government had suspended international flight operations into the country on 21st March, 2020 as one of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in Nigeria.