About 200 Nigerian citizens hoping to return home on Thursday are stranded in Canada as their evacuation flight has been postponed. The Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa responsible for the flight, announced the postponement in a statement, describing the development ‘logistics issues” beyond its control.
It Specifically blamed the inability of the chosen flight ‘Air Peace’ to secure overflight and landing permits on time from the Canadian authorities being its first time flying the route, explaining further that the high commission opted for Air Peace because the air fare was relatively more affordable compared to the offers of other airlines that were contacted.
Also coupled with the fact that only Air Peace had agreed to convey the evacuees from more than one location in Canada, the mission stated.
However, a new date is said to be announced as soon as the airline secures the clearance from the Canadian authorities. The ‘Air peace’ plane, a Boeing 777 aircraft, was scheduled to fly from Lagos to convey the passengers from two locations in Canada, namely Toronto and Alberta.
According to the flight schedule, the plane was expected to pick the first set from the Pearson International Airport, Toronto. From there it would fly to the Calgary International Airport, Alberta, a distance of 2,915 k.m., to pick the second set of passengers. The prospective passengers had been given until Tuesday to book the special flight directly with the airline.
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi