A notice signed by Mr Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to Air Men (NOTAM) disclosed that as against the earlier plan, Nigeria will not be reopening its international airspace in August 2020 but in October 2020.
The notice read, “The federal government of Nigeria has extended the closure of our airports to all international flights with the exception of aircraft in a state of emergency.
“However, approval may be requested and granted to overflights, operations related to humanitarian aids, medical relief flights, alternative aerodrome in the flight plan and also those being used for extended diversion time operation, technical landing where passengers do not disembark and cargo flights and other safety-related operations.”
Prior to this time, it was rumoured that from August 19, 2020, the Nigerian government would resume international operations but with the new extension, October 15, 2020 is the new likely date.
The airspace regulator explained that if there is a need for further extension, passengers would be notified through appropriate channels.
Expectations had been high on the reopening of international flights as domestic flights has commenced after the three months break caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The government shut down airports to curtail the spread though flights conveying essential items like medical consumables were allowed in including medical supplies from Mr Jack Ma, a Chinese philanthropist.