Nigeria has suspended all international flights into the country, following the Coronavirus pandemic spread.
Recall that 10 new cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was just confirmed in Nigeria by the Federal Ministry of Health, and The Sight News gathered that all 10 new cases are Nigerian nationals; nine of whom have travel history to Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Following this, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on Saturday, March 21, 2020, sent a memo to all Nigerian Operators and Foreign Operators flying into Nigeria, informing them of the plans to restrict international flights into Nigeria, beginning from Saturday, March 21, 2020.
The memo signed by the NCAA Director General/CEO Captain Musa Nuhu reads; “Further to our earlier letter on restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday, 23rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2200Z, Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all International flights.
“Emergency and essential flights are exempted from this restriction.
“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano(DNKN), Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu (DNEN), and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.
“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming International flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.
“Domestic flights will continue normal operations at all airports.
“All airlines are required to submit passenger manifest to Port Health Authorities, priori to arrival of flights into Nigeria.
“Please be guided accordingly”, the memo ended.