Domestic flight operations resume at Nigerian airports

9 July 2020 (Last Updated July 9th, 2020 11:49)

Airports in Nigeria have resumed domestic flights after a three-month-long lockdown was implemented by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Domestic flight operations resume at Nigerian airports
Nigerian airports in the capital Abuja and the state’s commercial centre Lagos have reopened for domestic flights. Credit: PESP/ Wikimedia.

Airports in Nigeria have resumed domestic flights after a three-month-long lockdown was implemented by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The move follows the Nigerian Government’s plans to reopen the economy and fuel the country’s economic activities.

At present, the airports in the capital Abuja and the state’s commercial centre Lagos have reopened for flights. Other airports in the country are reportedly scheduled to resume operations next week.

The first flight to Abuja from Lagos was operated by Arik Air, with boarding supervised by Officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

According to reports, the government and the airport authorities are taking strict measures to ensure the safety of passengers and airport employees.

Measures such as mandatory temperature checking, disinfection of luggage, and physical distancing during the check-in procedure, have been implemented at the airports by aviation authorities.

In addition, the airports have introduced handwashing facilities and other decontamination measures.

Commercial flights were suspended by the Nigerian Government in March in a bid to curb the pandemic outbreak in the state.

The government is yet to announce a date for the resumption of international flights.

According to the latest reports, the country has reported 30,249 coronavirus cases and 684 deaths.