He said there was never a time the Federal Government gave a specific date for reopening the airspace for international flight operations, but that the government had previously said the airports would be closed until August.
He clarified that with this extension, the airspace would remain closed until October and if there was a need to extend the closure, it would be communicated.
This implies that only essential and diplomatic flights would be allowed for now until the airspace is opened for international flight operations. The Federal Government had in March shut down international airports in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 but allowed only diplomatic and essential flight operations.
However, Nigeria Travel Digest now confirms that in a tweet, shortly after this report was published, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation had clarified that international flights into Nigeria could resume earlier than October 2020.
Alhaji Hadi Sirika, Nigeria's Aviation Minister, tweeted that the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) simply issued a routine 90-day notification to segments of professional operators in the aviation sector.
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