Breaking News: FG Closes Lagos, Abuja Airports To Int’l Flights On March 23
… Exempts Emergency, Essential Services
…As COVID-19 Cases Rise To 12
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has shut the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja to all international flights beginning from March 23, 2020, except for emergency and essential flights.
The decision to shut the two airports is coming barely 24 hours after the Federal Government stated that the two airports would remain open to and accept international operations,
Recalled that the Federal Government had earlier announced that Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (DNMM) will remain open to and accept international flights,
The closure is also coming just as the Federal Ministry of Health announced 10 new cases of the COVID-19 bringing the number of cases to 12.
The closure of the two major gateways was contained in a letter signed by the Director-General of NCAA, Capt, Musa Nuhu, addressed to all Nigerian operators and foreign operators flying into Nigeria with Ref: NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/106 dated March 21,, 2020 and the titled, “Update on Clarification on Flight Restriction into Nigeria Due to COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The letter, which also attention Accountable Manager/Country Manager, reads, “Further to our earlier letter on restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday 23rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all International flights.
“Emergency and essential flights are exempted from this restriction.
“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN), Akanu lbiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN) and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday 21 March at 2300Z.
“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.
“Domestic flights will continue normal operations at all airports.
“All airlines are required to submit passenger manifest to Port Health Authorities prior to arrival of flights into Nigeria.