Niger Reopens Airspace Following Coup

Niger on Monday, September 4 reopened its airspace nearly a month after imposing a ban following a military coup in July.

After taking power on July 26, the coup leaders closed the country’s airspace before reopening it again on August 2, a measure that was reversed on August 6 after regional countries threatened to intervene militarily to restore civilian rule.

It added that Niger airspace remained closed to all operational military flights and others requiring prior authorisation from the relevant authorities.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions on Niger after the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum and the bloc threatened military intervention as a last resort if talks fail to restore civilian rule.

On August 2, Niger reopened land and air borders with five neighbouring countries, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Mali and Chad.

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