The Asaba International Airport is set to resume flight operations several months after it was shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic which paralysed the global economy.

Secretary to Delta State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who gave the hint while inspecting the airport on Thursday ahead of the resumption of flight operations in a few days time, said the airport was ready.

Ebie said the state government had put necessary protocols in place at the airport for passenger compliance, with COVID-19 injunctions prescribed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for aviation activities.

He explained that the inspection was to ascertain the level of preparedness on the part of the management of the airport for full resumption of flight operations in the airport.

The SSG said he was impressed with the level of compliance with guidelines by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the NCDC against the spread of COVID-19.

Ebie stated that the personnel of the airport were currently undergoing training to enable them function optimally in line with the new order, pointing out that no fewer than six airlines would operate in the airport on resumption of operations.

He assure that the state government would work out modalities to ensure that physical distancing and wearing of face mask were maintained in the airport operations.

Earlier, the Special Project Director of the airport, Mr Austin Ayemidejor, said steps had been taken to ensure there was physical distancing, compulsory wearing of face mask, washing of hands at the point of entry and temperature check.

Ayemidejor, who conducted the inspection team made up of the SSG, Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, his Finance counterpart, Sir Fidelis Tilije and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief David Edevbie; said the airport was fully set to host full flight operations.

Areas inspected were the ticketing hall, departure and arrival halls as well as other sections of the airport where facilities were already fixed in compliance with the fight against COVID-19.

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