Ban on international flights remain-FG

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the closure of the Nigerian airports for international flights till October 2020.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has in a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) informed stakeholders that the airspace would no longer open for international flights on August 19.

The COVID-19 pandemic had necessitated the closure of the country’s airspace for some time now but domestic flights resumed recently .

The NOTAM read: “The Federal Government has extended the closure of our airports to all international flights with the exception of aircraft in a statement of emergency.”

It also noted that approval may be requested and granted for “over-flights, operations related to humanitarian aids, medical relief flights, alternate aerodrome in the flight plan and also those being used for extended diversion time operation.”

Other exemptions are “technical landings where passengers do not disembark and cargo flights and other safety-related operations.”

The requests are to be directed to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

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