Air Peace on Sunday successfully airlifted 314 Nigerians stranded in London.
They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 9.50 pm. 157 were billed to disembark in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the remaining 142 passengers flown to Lagos.
The flight, originally slated to depart the Heathrow Airport, London at about 10.30 am was scheduled for arrival at about 5 pm. But the six-hour scheduled flight did not take off until about 3 pm as a result of a delay in London.
Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, twitted at about 4 pm on Sunday via her verified handle @abikedabiri: “Yes. Several hours of delay, but the good thing is they are on their way home finally.
“Air Peace Flight P47801 is en route from London Heathrow Airport to Abuja and onward to Lagos.”
The evacuees are expected to proceed on 14-day self-isolation as mandated by the Nigerian authorities.
The latest evacuees bring to 2, 429, the number of stranded Nigerians that have been brought back since the global lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had in his official twitter handle @GeoffreyOnyeama on Sunday explained that “The combined flights to Abuja from Lagos will first land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to disembark 175 passengers before proceeding to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the remaining 142 passengers