Nigeria: Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Reopens After Lockdown

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja has been reopened for business with passengers duly screened, in line with safety protocols following the coronavirus pandemic, report said on Saturday.

Activities in the Nigerias airline industry have undergone a total shutdown since March 2020, following the outbreak of the virus, and as a result, all International Airports were shutdown in the country to curtail spread of the pandemic.

The closure of both the land and International borders were part of the measures by the Federal Government to curb COVID-19.

Furthermore, on April 20, the federal government extended the suspension of airline operations for another two weeks, as a result of the extension on lockdown on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.

Only essential flights including cargo services, emergency landing, and evacuation, among others, were allowed though subject to the approval of the Minister of Aviation.

At the reopening of business on Saturday, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, witnessed strict compliance to other safety measures, aimed at curtailing spread of the virus.

Journalists, covering the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, were reportedly led on dry run test from Lagos to Abuja, to witness firsthand, reopening of the aviation sector.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had, a few weeks ago, said the airport would reopen for business on Aug. 27, after months of closure following the coronavirus outbreak.

The earlier planned reopening of the domestic flights on Sunday, June 21 could not hold, leaving Stakeholders in the industry with dashed hope on resumption of flights.

However, the government had said that the date was not feasible owing to certain development militating against smooth operations.

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