The Federal Government today said the ban placed on domestic flights may be lifted by June 21.
Dr. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task
Force on COVID-19, disclosed this during the daily briefing of the
Presidential Taskforce in Abuja.
He said the aviation sector is expected to develop protocols that
will lead to the full resumption of domestic flights any time from June
Aliyu added that passengers would be required to wear masks or face
shields and maintain physical distancing while airports would also have
to mark areas to reflect social distancing.
“The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to
allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June
When we say from June 21, we mean that we are preparing the aviation
sector towards that date. That date may not necessarily be June 21, it
could be June 26, 28 or even July 1.
It depends on whether or not they are prepared. So we are giving them
a time frame of three weeks to start preparing for domestic flights.
We are giving an opportunity for the aviation sector that is heavily
regulated to make sure that they start getting their acts together so
that airports open up in a safe way,” Aliyu said.
Dr Sani said once domestic flights resume, then arrangements would be made regarding the lifting of the ban on interstate travel