Niger reopens its airspace to commercial flights

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THE military regime in Niger decided to reopen yesterdayairspace from the country to commercial flights.

The airspace of the Republic of Niger is open to all national and international commercial flights“, declared yesterday a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport, quoted by the Niger Press Agency (ANP, official), specifying that airport services and air traffic control had also resumed. On the other hand, “theThe airspace remains closed to all operational military flights and other special flights which are only authorized subject to prior authorization from the competent authorities“, he added.

Following this announcement, Air France, the first European company to connect Europe to Africa, indicated that it will resume flights over Niger from this morning on Tuesday to serve African destinations, but that it was suspending always “iuntil further notice» serving Niamey, the capital of Niger.

Niger announced on August 6 the closure of its airspace “faced with the threat of intervention which is becoming clearer from neighboring countries“, while the Economic Community of West African States threatened to intervene militarily to restore elected president Mohamed Bazoum, overthrown by a coup d’état on July 26.

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