The Nigeria High Commission in Canada has concluded plans to evacuate 200 Nigerians who have signified interest to return home due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement released on Monday May 11, the Nigeria High Commission said a Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Air Peace has been specially arranged to fly the intending returnees home on Thursday May 14.
”The plane would pick the prospective passengers from two locations in Canada, namely Toronto and Alberta. The aircraft is expected to pick the first set from the Pearson International Airport, Toronto.
From there it will fly to the Calgary International Airport, Alberta, a distance of 2,915 k.m., to load the second set of passengers.
The aircraft will depart Alberta for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, where the evacuees would be moved into isolation for 14 days,”the statement from the high commission read
The one-way flight will cost each prospective evacuee between 1,130 dollars (N452,000) and 2,000 dollars (N800,000) depending on the class.
This will be the fourth batch of Nigerians evacuated from foreign countries.
Last Wednesday, 265 Nigerians were evacuated from the United Arab Emirates. On Friday, 253 Nigerians were evacuated from the United Kingdom, and then on Sunday May 10, 160 Nigerians were evacuated from the US.
678 Nigerians have so far been evacuated from other countries due to the Coronavirus pandemic.