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Niger resumes commercial flights after coup

Niger’s military junta has reopened the country’s airspace to all commercial flights on Monday, September 4, 2023, after more than a month of closure following a coup that ousted President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The transport ministry spokesperson confirmed the decision, but did not give any reason for lifting the ban.

The airspace closure had affected Air France and other European carriers, forcing them to suspend some flights and take longer routes across Africa.


The junta had initially closed Niger’s airspace citing the threat of military intervention from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which had condemned the coup and imposed sanctions on the junta.