Chinazor Megbolu |.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has explained reasons why airlines aren’t flying into Enugu Airport at the moment.
The Federal Government agency stated that clarifications on the criteria adopted by the Federal Government in the re-opening of airports for international flights, showed that only the Ministry of Health can give approval for the restart of international flights in line with COVID-19 protocols.
The Spokesperson, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, has disclosed that while Lagos and Abuja airports have since resumed international flights in the first phase due to the easing of lockdown and restriction on flights by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID -19 Control, the Federal Ministry of Health has the mandate to give clearance for international flights at any airport.
She explained it was not FAAN’s responsibility to dictate which airports are to be re-opened.
Recall that airports are re-opened in phases after the easing of the lockdown and restriction on flights.
Lagos and Abuja have since re- opened for international flights.
“Though Enugu Airport, it is the duty of the Federal Ministry of Health to give approval for the re- opening of any airport for international flights.
“Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt International Airports are yet to resume international flights,” she said.
However, FAAN pointed out that the non-issuance of clearance to more airports to restart international fights is delaying the resumption of foreign flights at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu Enugu State.
© 2020, maritimemag. All rights reserved.