The Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19 has asked the aviation industry to begin processes for the resumption of international flights.
The National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu said this while speaking at the daily briefing of the Task Force on Thursday in Abuja.
He said.“For international travel, we have made recommendations to the aviation industry to commence the process for opening international airports provided all existing international and local prevention guidelines and COVID-19 are in place.
According to Dr. Aliyu one of the new requirements would be to ensure that international passengers arrived three hours before departure to ensure proper checks before takeoff.
He further stated that if all requirements from the aviation sector were made the resumption of international flights would be a matter of weeks and not months.
“We have modified the advice with the regards to arrival for flights: Passengers arriving at the airports for domestic flights advice to arrive at least one and a half hours before their flight, and three hours before international flights where these restart.
“There may be additional infrastructure for some of the airports. What we want to do and we’ve made it very clear at the PTF is that we want to resume as soon as possible but in a safe manner and do not put at risk all that we’ve done to control this pandemic. Hopefully in weeks but not months,” he added.
The Nigerian government had banned international flights in March.
Answering a question from the media, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, explained that the aviation sector was ready to open any moment.
Sirika also explained that international flights would open as soon as it was safe to operate as all efforts were being put in place to ensure the reopening in weeks and not in months.