Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces change in departure date, airport evacuation of stranded Nigerians in United Kingdom

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By Joy Odor

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says there has been a change in the departure date and airport of the Air Peace evacuation flights of stranded Nigerians in the United Kingdom.

The flight was earlier scheduled to depart on 13th July, 2020 from London Heathrow but has rescheduled to 14th July, 2020 from Gatwick Airport London.

This was disclosed in a press statement by the spokesperson,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye Abuja on
Sunday, 12th July, 2020.

The changes became necessary following the unexpected decline by the British Government to grant Diplomatic Landing Clearance to Air Peace airlines.

Consequently, the Federal Government appealed to Air Peace to engage the services of an
alternative Airline to airlift Nigeria stranded citizens instead of refunding their payments, hence the use
of Air Partner, one of the Global Air Charter companies advised by the British authorities.

It is pertinent to note that, Air Peace gracefully contracted Air Partner to operate these chartered flights on its behalf at a much higher cost than the tickets fares paid by the prospective
evacuees.

In the light of the foregoing, the Federal Government wished to extend its appreciation to the Chairman and Management of Air Peace Limited for their commitments and patriotism in ensuring that our stranded nationals in the United Kingdom return home safely.

The Federal Government, however, regrets any inconvenience these changes might have caused.

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