Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has said the federal government is not in a rush to declare that international flights will be resumed.
Sirika confirmed this while speaking yesterday during the Presidential Task Force’s regular briefing on COVID-19.
The minister made it clear that any decision that was taken would be in Nigerian interests.
He pointed out that many countries did not open up for international flight operations and that Nigeria did not obtain clearance to travel to countries that are already attracting tourists from outside.
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“Everybody’s trying to keep themselves safe. Those and several other causes are going to make us more vigilant and research and liaise with stakeholders to decide when to open international flights.
“We want to restart inside the sector because we bleed and lose money but first we have to stay alive until we make money. Every decision we make has to be in the best interest of humanity, “Sirika said.
He also added that before any announcement is made, the World Health Organisation, the West African States Economic Community (ECOWAS) and other aviation stakeholders will be consulted.