By Lawani Mikairu
The Federal Government Monday said the closure of all the international airports in the country would be extended by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika via his Twitter handle.
However, the government had said emergency and essential flights could be operated from any of the airports within the period.
While disclosing the extension of the current closure, Sirika said the airports would no longer open for commercial operations on April 23 due to the extended lockdown in the three cities.
He said, “As a result of the extension on lockdown 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.”
COVID-19. As a result of the extension on lockdown 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 2 weeks. This subject to review as appropriate, please.🙏🏽🇳🇬🙏🏽
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) April 20, 2020
The Federal Government had on March 21 announced the closure of all the country’s airports to all international flights as part of the intensive measures being taken to prevent the coronavirus outbreak in the country.