June 22, 2020: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that the proposed opening of domestic flights in the West African country has been banned until further notice. Currently, special flights will fly to other airports under current procedures with the permission of the NCAA.

The resumption of domestic services was initially planned be launched from five airports - Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja; Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano; Port Harcourt International Airport and Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri.

The ban on international air travel remains in place. However, repatriation, cargo, and special flights remain exempted from the ban.

The Nigerian government shut down airports for commercial flight operations on March 23, as part of the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The government contemplated the reopening of the airports twice but ended up extending the exercise to allow for wider consultations.

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