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Niger Republic bans Nigeria-bound flights - THE SUN

FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Government of Niger Republic has banned all flights coming from or going into Nigeria.

The new directive specified that commercial flights passing over Nigerien airspace without landing will not be affected by the restrictions. Nevertheless, it is mandatory for all flights operating within Niger’s airspace to have their ADS-B and/or radar transponders operational throughout the duration of the flight.

In a statement shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), the government of Niger said: “The airspace of the Republic of Niger is open to all national and international commercial flights from ground to unlimited, except for Nigerian flights to or from Nigeria.

“These restrictions do not affect commercial flights that fly over Nigerian airspace without landing there. However, it is recalled that ADS-B and/or radar transponders must remain on for any flight taking place in the Niger Republic.”

It added that the country’s airspace continues to remain closed for all military, operational, and special flights, saying the types of flights will only be permitted with prior authorisation from the competent authorities. It said the circular specifically concerns Niger and Nigeria and does not revoke any existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) in force. The circular concluded: “This circular, which only concerns Niger and Nigeria, does not repeal no NOTAM in force.”


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