The aviation sector has received permission from the federal government to begin to develop protocols that will lead to the resumption of domestic flights from June 21.
This was made open by Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Recall that the Nigerian airports and airspace were shut by the President Muhammadu Buhari since March. The decision he took as part of efforts to contain the pread COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Sani Aliyu, while stating the reopening plan on Monday, said;
“The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.
Airlines must ensure physical distancing by reducing passenger capacity and ensure the provision of sanitisers and personal protective equipment as well as carrying out temperature checks at the point of entry and departure and ensuring that airports are not congested by either travellers or airports staff.”
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has announcement at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVD-19 in Abuja, stated that the airfares of flights should be appropriate to the issues at hand. In addition, he said;
“The modality of operations by airlines and the passenger numbers will certainly drop and the load factor will also drop. Only 50 or 70 per cent of the passengers should be taken. These are some of the things that we have been looking at.”