COVID-19: US citizens stranded in Lagos airport over airspace permit

COVID-19: US citizens stranded in Lagos airport over airspace permit

- There is frustration among some US nationals in Nigeria who intending to go back to their country

- This came after the Americans learnt that they won't be able to leave the country over airspace permit from other countries

- The spread of coronavirus has forced some nations to close their airspaces making it impossible for flights to go through

Amid coronavirus in Nigeria, some citizens of the United States (US) who were intending to return to their homeland were stranded at the Lagos airport on Thursday, April 2.

This was as the flight from the Murtala Muhammed International airport could not get approval to use the airspaces of some countries which have gone into lockdown due to the virus, Vanguard reports.

According to an official report from the airport, the flight that was supposed to evacuate the Americans on board an OMNI Air plane was cancelled as it was not permitted to fly-over certain nations.

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Meanwhile, reported that over 100 German nationals at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos were waiting for their flight to Frankfurt, having completed the necessary documentation.

Moreover, an official at the airport told journalists that an Air France aircraft is waiting to airlift a lot of French citizens.

Meanwhile, reported that a chartered Air France flight evacuated 260 European citizens from Nigeria and additional 118 European citizens from other West African countries through the airport (MMIA), Lagos on Thursday, March 26.

The British High Commission was also exploring options for sending its staff, dependents and other Britons to the UK.

The Air France flight was said to have landed in Lagos via Cotonou with 118 passengers on board at 3 pm local time.

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It was gathered that 260 passengers boarded the flight from Lagos and the aircraft took off to Paris about 3:44 pm local time.

The federal government had granted Air France and KLM one-week permission to evacuate European citizens from Nigeria.

The airlines were also evacuating European citizens from the West Coast because of the projection that COVID-19 spread in Africa might spike in the coming days.

The federal government had approved for Air France to operate essential flights from Thursday, March 26 to Thursday, April 2.

The general manager, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Victoria Shinaba, confirmed that the federal government approved the flight to land, adding that precautions were taken to limit contacts as the pilot and crew were not allowed to disembark and the nationals were escorted to the plane. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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