COVID-19: Aviation Minister announces closure of airports for another two weeks

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As part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus in the country, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has disclosed that all Nigerian airports earlier shut down will now be reopened after two weeks as against the earlier scheduled April 23 date.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had announced the closure of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on March 23 for one month in the first instance as part of measures to combat the coronavirus scourge.
Sirika, who disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, said the new projected date of resumption of airport operations is consequent upon the two weeks extension of the lockdown by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He however asserted that the two weeks extension of closure would be subject to review as appropriate.
According to him, “As a result of the extension on lockdown by Mr President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd April, 2020”
The Minister appealed to air travellers and all stakeholders in the aviation industry to see the current situation as sacrifices necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of the people, with the hope that the pandemic will be shortlived.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had announced the closure of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on March 23 for one month in the first instance as part of measures to combat the coronavirus scourge.

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