Federal Government Clears Air on Flight Resumption and Interstate Movement

Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has said that the federal government is yet to receive a go ahead from the aviation sector on its preparedness to restart flight operations, which also address the issue of interstate restrictions.

Aliyu, who disclosed this at the briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Thursday, said the civil aviation regulators would determine the resumption of domestic flights based on their preparedness.

Recall, that the government had shut the nation’s airports and airspace to contain the spread of COVID-19, restricting interstate movement and curfew.

According to the National Coordinator, they didn’t assure that flights will resume on June 21. He said they only asked the aviation authorities to let them know on 21st of June onwards if they were ready to start opening the skies as such, the PTF was yet to receive any update from the aviation sector on its preparedness to restart flight operations.

Aliyu said he believes the aviation sector are still preparing as they gave them a window of three weeks to prepare

He added that though they don’t have an update on that yet, but they expect to hear from them by the 21st of June. He said that untill the aviation sector gives approval by the 21st of June, they will open the sky for domestic travellers and that is when they will address the issue of interstate restrictions and curfew, as it is inspirational to wait till June 12.

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