FG Makes U-Turn, Rescinds Decision to Resume Domestic Flights

The federal government of Nigeria has rescinded its decision to resume domestic flights on June 21, noting that the date is not feasible.

The Cable reported that  the director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt Musa Nuhu, said the ministry of aviation would not approve the resumption of domestic flights until it was  absolutely sure that it was safe to do so.

When answering questions during the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19, he said despite pressure from all quarters, the aviation ministry will not risk exposing travellers to coronavirus by opening the industry.

In his statement, "If we open the industry when we are not ready, and we are guilty of spreading coronavirus, God forbid, we have any incident, I believe the government will come hard on us and it is going to be counterproductive and disastrous for the industry." Nuhu said the approval for flight resumption be made after the aviation ministry gets confirmation that operations can be carried out in a safe and organised manner.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had before now  commenced fumigation of the country's main airports ahead of re-opening.

The airports which were being fumigated are the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, and the Port Harcourt International Airport.



SOURCE: https://www.legit.ng/1340111-breaking-fg-u-turn-resumption-domestic-flights-reason.html

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