The federal government has postponed the resumption of domestic flight operation amid the coronavirus outbreak earlier scheduled for June 21.
The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 had on June 1 at its daily press briefing urged the aviation industry to come up with protocols for the resumption of local flights from June 21.
But on Thursday at the same occasion, and about three days to the D-day, the committee said the date was not feasible, citing the danger inherent in going ahead when there are still a lot to put in order in the industry as reason.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt Musa Nuhu, who represented the aviation minister, Hadi Sirika at Thursday’s briefing stated this saying: “June 21st is not a feasible date to resume domestic operations.”
Continued: “We have to adopt all these, it’s not easy; it’s a very complex process. What I can assure is that, the civil aviation authority will only give a go-ahead when we are ready, nothing further.
“We are looking towards the end of this month. Hopefully, by the end of next week, we will submit a report through the Ministry of Aviation to the Presidential Task Force for review. We know the industry is anxious but to do otherwise will be a great disservice and neglect of our statutory mandate from the government of Nigeria,”