The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has said the airspace will remain open for all airspace users before, during and after the rescheduled 2019 general elections.
Khalid Emele, the General Manager, Public Affairs, in a statement said there was no disruption in the provision of air traffic services on Saturday before the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections.
Emele added that the agency had on Friday ensured a 24-hour operation at all Nigerian airports to facilitate the transportation of materials nationwide by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The claim counters Saturday’s claim by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that adverse weather condition stalled movement of electoral materials by air.
It said: “In the same vein, NAMA wishes to reassure all airspace users and the general public that the Nigerian airspace shall remain open for all airspace users before, during and after the rescheduled 2019 general elections.
“Thus, the agency has put in place appropriate contingency measures to ensure safe flight operations within the period, as well as possible extension of operational hours of any domestic airport when the need arises”.
NAMA urged airline operators, the travelling public and other service providers dependent on the agency’s services, to go ahead with their businesses as usual.