AUTHORITIES in Nigeria are considering some conditions before the final reopening of domestic flights following weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Monday said that technical and health factors would be considered for local flights to resume operations on June 21.
“On the technical aspect, there are aircraft that have been parked for a few months and not been run. We want to ensure that between now and that time, these airplanes are good and safe to fly,’’ the minister said.
“The maintenance for aircraft is either usage or calendar time and there are protocols to the use of such aircraft. So, the airline industry needs to be able to bring those machines to safe operations,” Sirika said.
On flight crews and carrier crew, Sirika said that efforts were being made to ensure that they got their license valid again for operations.
The Aviation Minister also spoke about the airports, saying they needed to be prepared to adopt the new way of life, which according to him must reflect social distancing.
“Even the airport where all of these activities will be done needs to be prepared to get ready to accept this new way of air travel.
Although, he acknowledged that the aviation sector was the worst hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, Sirika insisted that caution must be taken to ensure reopening in an orderly and organized manner, “so that we will achieve the intent and purpose of air travel which is safety, efficiency and security.”