SWITZERLAND, JULY 28 – The Federal government says it is planning to reopen the airports for international flights as soon as possible but would do so at a time considered to be safe.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
“Certainly, aviation is the worst hit in this (pandemic). There must be passenger movements, especially international passenger for us to be able to survive… so, we want to open more than you want to open,” the minister said.
He explained, “But this is subject to so many factors and all of the sacrifices the aviation is making is in the interest of the public; in the interest of all of us to stay safe.
“So, the government will not abdicate its responsibility of ensuring that all of us stay safe. We definitely will open. We will open very soon when everything seems to be okay and is safe.”
Sirika lamented that the closure of the airports for international fights has seriously affected the aviation sector as employers were struggling to pay salaries.
He noted that effort towards the resumption of international flights was not just the work of the sector but some Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have various roles to play.