The Federal Government through the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, has stated that all airports in the country were now opened for domestic commercial flights.
According to the Minister the airports includes both private airports and airstrips.
Sirika disclosed this today at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Recalled that the government had also approved the reopening of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja for international flight operations that commenced earlier this month.
Sirika said all airports in the country including those in Jalingo, Gombe, amongst others could restart operations.
“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,” the Minister said.