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Nigeria to reopen Port Harcourt ,Kano, Enugu airports for international flights

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Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. PHOTO: AFP

After several months of being shutdown, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Kano airports will soon be opened for international flights.

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Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika disclosed this at the weekly media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday.

The affected airports are the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano State, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State, and the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State.

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Sirika said a technical working group comprising relevant agencies involved in the facilitation of passengers had been set up to ensure that all standards required for seamless operations at the airports earmarked for the resumption of international flights were in place.

He noted that members of the task force will be visiting the airports for simulation exercises to ascertain their readiness for international operations.

The minister also announced the resumption of catering services suspended at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He said these services will resume on domestic flights immediately.

Sirika said the decision was taken in consideration of the businesses involved in the provision of of in-flight refreshments who have been adversely affected by the suspension.

He, however, said that modalities and protocols for the resumption of the services would be worked and rolled out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which will be in line with international practices.

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