As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian government suspended all flights on March 23 as a means to control the rapid spread of the virus. The Nigerian government has now announced it will reopen the five main international airports on the 21st of June and operations will be closely monitored. The five airports that will be reopened are: Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (Abuja), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (Lagos), Omagwa International Airport (Port Harcourt), Sam Mbakwe Airport (Owerri), Mallan Aminu Kano International Airport (Kano). Please keep in mind that the airports will only be open for domestic flights; the Nigerian airspace will still remain closed to international flights.
Several measures will be put in place to ensure people’s safety are not compromised. All aforementioned airports above will be wholly fumigated prior to being reopened. This fumigation is the first phase of decontamination; another phase of cleansing will occur a week after reopening the airports. Also, the floors at the airport will be marked up to ensure guidelines on social distancing are met while standing or sitting. The markings would be placed such that a distance of 2 meters is maintained between people. All passengers will be required to wear masks, in keeping with NCDC guidelines and healthcare officials will be on-ground in case of any emergencies.
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