Nigeria to shut Lagos and Abuja airports between March 23 and April 23 as coronavirus cases hit 22

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Nigeria’s two busiest airports in Abuja and Lagos will be shut between March 23 and April 23 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Musa Nuhu, said in a statement on Saturday

Captain Nuhu said the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja will be shut effective Monday, March 23, to contain the spread of the coronavirus where cases have increased from 12 to 22, adding that only emergency and essential flights would be operated from both airports within the period.

Domestic flight operations would continue uninterrupted in all airports in the country.

“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,” Nuhu’s statement read.

Read full statement below

ALL NIGERIAN OPERATORS AND FOREIGN OPERATORS FLYING INTO NIGERIA

From NIGERIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
ATTN ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER/COUNTRY MANAGER

Subject: UPDATE ON CLARIFICATION ON FLIGHT RESTRICTION INTO NIGERIA DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

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 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all International flights.

Emergency and essential fliqhts 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 prior to arrival of flights into Nigeria.
Please be guided accordingly.

(Signed)

Captain Musa S Nuhu

Director General/CEO
NCAA

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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