Last month, the Federal Government ordered the closure of international airports in Nigeria including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano Internastional Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport and others in Nigeria. The government declared that the closure of airports was part of measures to contain the spread of the rampaging Covid-19 in Nigeria. However, the government had said emergency and essential flights could be operated from any of the airports within the period.
Hadi Sirika on Monday tweeted that the airports would remain closed for two more weeks, although this was subject to review. The minister said, “As a result of the extension of lockdown by Mr. President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd of April, 2020. “They will remain closed for a further two weeks. This (is) subject to review as appropriate.”
Going forward, Aviation analyst and Tourism industry operators are speculating that the closure of the airports could be extended further beyond the latest 2 weeks extension. Most of the industry stakeholders interviewed based their speculations on the spiraling cases of Corona virus infection across Nigeria. As at the time of filing this report, Nigeria Travel Digest monitored releases by Health officials that Nigeria currently has 665 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 188 patients discharged from treatment centres, and 22 people died from the rampaging virus.