As the battle against the coronavirus disease continues, the Federal Government has announced the extension of the closure of the airspace and airports in the country by two weeks in order to check the spread of the virus.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure via via his verified Twitter handle, saying, the airports would no longer open for commercial operations on April 23 as earlier planned due to the extended lock down in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun.
He said: “As a result of the extension on lock down by Mr President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd April 2020.
“They will remain closed for a further two weeks. This subject to review as appropriate”, he said.
However, special flights have been operating periodically after securing necessary clearance.
On March 21, the Federal Government announced that all airports in the country will be closed to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
“Following the announcement of 10 new cases of COVID-19, Nigeria government announced the closure of all the country’s airports to all international flights as part of the measures to curb spread of the disease.
“This measure will take effect from 23 March, 2020.”
The closure affected the four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.
It also placed a travel restriction on 13 countries with more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus.
The banned countries were the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain. Austria and Sweden were added to the list on Friday.