FG postpones resumption of international flights till September


Chinazor Megbolu   |  

The Federal Government has postponed the date for the resumption of international flights. 

The announcement was disclosed on Thursday evening by the Ministry of Aviation during the Presidential briefing on Covid-19. 

According to the news on Twitter handle of the Ministry; the Ministry said it “regrets to announce that the international flights resumption earlier scheduled for 29th August has been shifted to 5th September 2020.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Hadi Sirika has relocated to Enugu State over the planned reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu on Sunday 30, August 2020.

The Minister said the decision became necessary in order to monitor the finishing touches being done by contractors handling the runway reconstruction and installation of facilities at the airport. 

Sirika also explained that it is to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the planned reopening on Sunday.

He noted that everything possible was being done in order to ensure that the people of the South-East zone, who are the major beneficiaries of the project, begin to enjoy flight operations at the airport effective August 30.

Sirika used the opportunity to give kudos to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and governors of the South-East States for partnering with the Ministry of Aviation to ensure a successful return of activities at the airport.

Recall that Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu was shut down in August 2019 in a bid to enable the Federal Government to reconstruct the runway that had become so dilapidated, which aviation experts declared was an accident waiting to happen.

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