The Federal Government has said all airports in the country, including private airports and airstrips, can now reopen for domestic commercial flights.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, announced this at a press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID in Abuja on Monday.
The Federal Government had reopened 14 local airports for domestic flight operations in July after months of closure caused by the lockdown occasioned by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Also approved was the reopening of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, for international flight operations from September.
Speaking on the new development, Sirika said all airports in the country including those in Jalingo, Gombe, amongst others could restart operations.
He said: “Regarding approvals for flights within the country – domestic approvals. All airports in Nigeria are now open for domestic flights. Private charter operations will no longer need approvals from us to operate within domestic airports in all government-approved airports and in all government-owned airports.
“However, those airports that are private airports – government-approved airports – the operators should check the safety status with the NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority). Such airports like Jalingo, Uyo, Asaba, Gombe, Nasarawa, Damaturu, Osubi, etc.
“So, you won’t need any approvals from the minister but you should kindly check the status of these airports with the NCAA which is normal.”
“All flights out of the country and into the country that are private charter will still need approvals including technical stops.”