Minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika has said the continuous suspension of international flights operating to and from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, was denying the Ministry and its agencies a lot of revenue.
The minister said this when he received a delegation from Kano State led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in his office on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
In a statement by the Director of Public Affairs of the Ministry, James Odaudu, the Minister stated that it does not make economic sense for the government to spend so much money and just decide to leave it inoperative with the attendant degeneration on infrastructure, redundancy amongst operational staff, revenue losses and hardship to travellers, amongst others.
He however told the delegation that the decision to suspend international flights to and from in some international airports was based on health and security reasons.
The minister, while acknowledging the hardship to the users of the airport, passengers, and service providers, promised that all that was necessary for the resumption of international flight operations at the airport would be fast-tracked to ensure that it resumes sooner than later.
He also challenged Kano indigenes to create activities that will make the airport more viable through increased passenger traffic.
Ganduje appealed for the resumption of international flight operations at the airport.
He expressed concerns over the continued suspension of international flights to and from the airport by passengers and service providers.
He also said the state government has put in place all necessary to make the state healthy for flights, including mobilization of the populace for the Covid-19 vaccinations.