The Federal Government on Monday announced plans to allow domestic flights earlier suspended in March to resume operations from Sunday, June 21, 2020,
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this during Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19, adding that the resumption of flights would be in line with approved protocols for safe operations of the airlines.
Director, Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, in a statement, quoted Sirika as saying that the three weeks intervening period would enable the operators to adapt to all the necessary industry regulations, necessary to resume flight after being dormant this long.
The minister explained that consultations had been on between the ministry and players in the aviation industry on the best ways to ensure the safety of travelers as well as operate profitably.
He warned private airliners seeking permits for domestic flight irrespective of existing ban to desist, except for clearly defined essential services.
The minister stated that approval for flights on essential services is free and given prompt approval, warning people to be wary of fraudsters who may be out to swindle them.