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BREAKING: UK denies Nigerian airline landing permit to evacuate stranded Nigerians
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The prearranged evacuation of Nigerians stranded in the United Kingdom amid the lingering global disease, Corona has endured a setback as the British authorities refused a Nigerian airline, Air Peace, landing permit.
The evacuation flight which was initially planned to leave London Heathrow airport on Monday is now billed for Gatwick airport on Tuesday.
Ferdinand Nwonye, the Spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed in a press release in Abuja on Sunday, explaining that a UK airline, Air Partner will presently perform the flight.
Result to the nonacceptance of the UK to consent diplomatic landing approval to Air Peace, the Federal Authorities stated that it petitioned to the airline to interact with the providers of another airline to airlift the stranded residents as an alternative of repaying their funds, therefore using Air Partner, one of the Global Air Charter firms suggested by the British authorities.
The assertion learns, “It’s pertinent to note that Air Peace gracefully contracted Air Partner to operate these charter flights on its behalf at a much higher cost than the ticket fares paid by the prospective evacuees.
“In the light of the foregoing, the Federal Government wishes 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 denial to permit Air Peace landing rights is coming against the backdrop of the evacuation of about 2,000 British citizens from Nigeria by British Airways after receiving special landing rights from the FG.SOURCE: Scannews24.com