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Ghana, Nigeria to resume international flights

written by Sandy Milne | August 18, 2020

File image of a Nigerian aircraft (Air Peace).

Ghana and Nigeria are set to reopen their borders to international travel on 29 August and 1 September, respectively.

While Nigeria reopened its domestic travel network on 8 July (after shuttering all airports on 21 March), international flights are set to be phased in gradually.

Al Jazeera reported yesterday that Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika plans to reopen Lagos and Abuja – the country’s two largest cities – to four inbound flights daily.

On his part, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said in an address televised on Sunday that entry points are set to reopen next month, dependent on operational readiness.

“I want to ensure that we are in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus,” he said.

“The outcome of that exercise will show us the way, and determine when we can reopen our border by air. I am hoping that we will be ready to do so by 1 September,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo added that the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Ghana Airports will collectively make the decision on whether to reopen the country’s airports.

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