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No open skies on June 21st – FG

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The Federal Government has said the proposed opening of the skies and resumption of Aviation travel scheduled for June 21st is no longer feasible.

It would be recalled that the country’s airspace had been closed and interstate travel banned across Nigeria since April, following the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic.

Following the gradual easing of restrictions recently, the Federal Government had hoped to open up the airspaces by Sunday the 21st of June, but according to Aviation minister Hadi Sirika, that resumption date will no longer be possible.

While briefing the Presidential TSK Force PTF on COVID 19, the minister said the country hasn’t shown enough maturity in handling a post COVID 19 environment.

“The civil aviation authority, despite pressures coming from all quarters will not approve the start any day until we are sure and we confirm that we are ready to start in a safe, secure, organised and efficient manner. To do otherwise is disastrous for all of us.

“If we open the industry, when we are not ready, and we are guilty of spreading coronavirus, God forbid, we have any incident, I believe the government will come hard on us and it is going to be counterproductive and disastrous for the industry.”

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