Nigerian Airports Set To Be Reopened - Minister Of Aviation
Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, says airports in Nigeria are 90% ready for reopening.
He made the statement today after he and other government officials partook in the dry run simulation exercises held at the domestic terminals of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos respectively.
The exercise was aimed at assessing the readiness of the airports for reopening post-COVID-19 was witnessed by the Ministers of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force, Dr Aliyu Sanni, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt
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. Musa Nuhu, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, and Chairman, Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema.
After the simulation the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika expressed his delight at the level of facilities on the ground. He added that going by the measures that have been put in place, the airports are about 90% ready to reopen.
Domestic passengers will now have to get to the airports three hours before departure, while international passengers would be expected to get to the airports about five hours before their flight. This is to ensure that all protocols, including safety markings, social distancing, hand sanitizing, baggage decontamination, scanning of personal items, etc. are complied with forthwith.