24 AUGUST 2020
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It is reported by the long-established Swiss CH-aviation newsletter that international flights from Nigeria will restart on 29 August.
"Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption. Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course," Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika Sirika said in a tweet.
Sirika later clarified that initially, only four inbound flights per day would be permitted at each of the two gateways.
Nigeria banned all scheduled passenger flights and closed its airports to such operations on 23 March. In early July, the country resumed domestic flights.
Meanwhile, Ghanaian president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said in a public address that international flights are likely to restart on 1 September, due to the decline in the number of Covid-19 cases. However, he has not yet confirmed the date.
"The Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, and the Ghana Airports Co Ltd, have been working, with the Ministry of Health and its agencies, to ascertain our readiness to reopen our airport. I am hoping that we will be ready to do so by September 1," Akufo-Addo said.
Ghanaian airports and borders have been closed since 21 March. The country was the first to restart domestic flights in Africa when it did so on 1 May.
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