International Business About To Kick Off, As Flights Will Start Soon
The Minister Of Aviation “Hadi Sirika“Thursday said international flights will Resume in weeks and not in months.
He added to Explain That When international flights eventually resume, passengers are expected to arrive the airport three hours before their flights For proper check before there trip.
The government said the prolonged ban on international travels was not punitive but mainly to keep Nigerians across the country safe from the spread of COVID-19.
The Minister of Aviation, “Hadi Sirika” disclosed this in Abuja while answering questions at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
when he was asked about the reopening of the airports, He said, , I will like to use this medium to reiterate and to be consistent with what we’ve been saying. I want people to understand that this is not purely an aviation function.
The minister said operators in the civil aviation sector had wanted to open the airports a long time ago in order to return to business and halt the loss of revenue.
Sirika said the ban on international flights had warranted the mass sacking of workers in the aviation sector and non-payment of salaries by airlines.
He said, “So we really want to open, But we can’t open alone, for within the space where we operate we’ve got all kinds of people there in the airports.
“We’ve got immigration, police, Customs, civil defense, port health, etc, and so the PTF has set up a technical committee to come up with a date when everybody will be happy to start.”
The minister added, “So we will open as soon as all of us are happy to open. And I want to adopt what the coordinator has said; it will be in weeks rather than in months.”
Sirika urged Nigerians not to blame any government official for the ban on international flights. Rather the blame should be on COVID-19, he said.
“We feel your pain. We know that this closure of airports has separated families and friends, denied people access to hospitals abroad, schools, businesses, etc. We feel this pain,” he said.
He insisted that the prolonged ban on international flights was not on purpose but was to ensure that Nigerians remained safe and health.
According to Aliyu, passengers would arrive three hours before flights when the country’s airspace finally reopens for international operations.