COVID-19: 327 Nigerians Evacuated From London
No fewer that three hundred and twenty seven Nigerians were on Sunday night Evacuated from London to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The evacuation was carried out by one of the foremost indigenous airline operators in Nigeria, Air Peace.
According to a press statement from the company on Monday, the aircraft, a Boeing 777 with registration number 5N-BWI, departed Heathrow Airport London earlier on Sunday afternoon and arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja at night the same day.
The statement by Stanley Olisa, Air Peace Spokesman, said some of the evacuees proceeded to Lagos with the airline from Abuja.
The statement lauded the Federal Government of Nigeria, especially the Nigerian Embassy in London, for choosing the airline to conduct the flight.
He added that the flight was significant to the airline as it gave it the opportunity to further show its capability for long-haul flights.
He said: “We’re delighted to have operated this flight. It unmistakably shows that Air Peace can fly to anywhere in the world, given the required support of the government.”
Since March when the Federal Government banned flight operations across the country as a measure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Air Peace has been operating a series of ‘special flights’ to and from different countries, including China, Turkey, India, Israel and South Africa. More of such flights are in the offing, according to the airline.