Co-ordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu also stated that there was no way to open the airspace for domestic flight without making arrangements for interstate movement. Read also: Flight resumption: FG orders airlines to fly 50-70% capacity as domestic ops resumes June 21
Responding to questions at the PTF briefing he clarified that the industry was given three weeks to put itself in order as planes will not start flying from the 21st as that was the time frame given to get things working.
He said,” The next three weeks will give the aviation industry the time to get their acts together and prepare and if everything is okay we can now approve them to fly
“We give three weeks to prepare if they come back after one week and say they are ready then they are on their own but that is time for preparation subject to consensus
“You cannot have interstate restrictions and open domestic airports for flights so when we review the domestic flights status we will review that of interstate movement.
” So anytime from June 21st they ( Aviation) will contact us and we give them the go ahead.”