National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, at the briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Thursday, said the civil aviation regulators would determine the resumption of domestic flights based on their preparedness.

The government had in March shut the nation’s airports and airspace to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Aliyu said the PTF was yet to receive any update from the aviation sector on its preparedness to restart flight operations.

“What we said to the aviation authorities is you need to let us know from the 21st of June onwards if you’re ready to start opening the skies.

“We didn’t say 21st of June skies open.

“We gave them a window of three weeks to prepare and I believe they’re still preparing.

“We did not ask them for updates on how things are going but we expect them to get back to us.

“We don’t have an update on that yet, but we expect them to come to us by the 21st of June.

“If they come back to us by the 21st of June and they say we’re ready onwards, we’ll open the sky for domestic travellers and that is when we’ll address the issue of interstate restrictions and curfew but at the moment, there’s no plan right now to say, 21st of June, here we go.

“It’s inspirational if anything,” Aliyu said.

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