Nigerian govt restricts helicopter flight over Abuja

Abuja Airport
Abuja Airport

The Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, has reminded aviation authorities of the restriction of helicopter ferry flight over Abuja metropolis for security reasons.

The reminder which was issued to regulatory stakeholders through a memo titled “Restriction of Helicopter Ferry Flights Over Abuja Metropolis” stated that: “In view of the closure of the (Abuja) airport, air travellers will be required to travel by road/train to Abuja from Kaduna International Airport. This will undoubtedly cause constraints on the movement of some passengers who will aim to travel using other means, notably the use of commercial ferry helicopters.

“Please be reminded that the airspace over the Federal Capital Territory Abuja is controlled and only security flights or those with the requisite security clearance from the Presidency are granted overhead clearance for obvious security reasons. Consequently, you are to note and ensure that no charter or commercial helicopter ferry flights are allowed to fly within Abuja airspace.”

A top security intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the reminder was issued to agencies of the existing “no fly zone,” and that any helicopter flight must seek security clearance.


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  • Jimi

    We want to build a modern City where helicopters cannot fly? In light of the closure of the runway a serious and efficient government will provide a corridor into the City where the helicopters can land on helipads that do not take up space. There are even towns that a short throw from Abuja can host these helicopters. The towns will make money, traffic will be reduced on Kaduna-Abuja road and and fewer lives will be lost. I guess the airline operators have a choke hold on the Ministry of Aviation.