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Sirika: Flight ban won’t affect cargo, humanitarian aircraft

Sirika: Flight ban won’t affect cargo, humanitarian aircraft
March 23
23:39 2020

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says Nigeria’s international airports are still open to aircraft in distress, those used for cargo and humanitarian purposes. 

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As part of the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the federal government had on Saturday barred international flights from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

But in a series of tweets on Monday, Sirika said there are few exceptions that could make use of the airports provided they seek approval. 

“All Int’l Airports remain closed for 4 weeks as said, except for Aircraft in distress and overflights,” he wrote. 

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“The following are also exempted but with prior approval from Minister of Aviation in advance. 1. Humanitarian, Medical and Relief 2. Cargo 3. Technical 4. Alternate & 5. Safety 

The federal government already placed a ban on flights from 15 countries, including UK, US, China and Italy.

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