The recently renovatedPort Harcourt International Airport would resume international flightsoperation by Christmas the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said recently.Also billed to join Port Harcourt Airport are those in Kano and Enugu.
According to Sirika, the Ministry of Aviation was working with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, and other relevant bodies to ensure that the three airports meet all the safety and health requirements and protocols.
This is coming on the heels of the Federal Government lifting the flight ban on Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France, paving the way for them to resume their operations in and out of the country.
It would be recalledthat the three airports, namely Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa,the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and the Akanu IbiamInternational Airport, Enugu, were yet to be cleared for internationaloperations since the resumption of flights after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister further said, “all hands are on deck to ensure that all logistic and policy necessities will soon be in place in order to address the difficulties encountered by international travellers, especially with the impending yuletide season”.
He also expressed hisappreciation for the understanding and cooperation of aviation stakeholders inensuring the smooth reopening of the nation’s airspace.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has lifted the ban on Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France, paving the way for them to resume their operations in and out of the country.
Qatar Airways has also been granted approval to start operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
This follows the approval of their respective flight plans and schedules submitted to the ministry. In granting the approvals, Sirika “emphasized the need for airlines operating in the country to employ international best practices in handling Nigerian passengers, as the government will not tolerate any form of maltreatment of its citizens by any airline”.