200 NIGERIAN EVACUEES DELAYED IN CANADA DUE TO FLIGHT POSTPONEMENT
The evacuation of about 200 Nigerians from Canada hoping to return home on Thursday has been postponed.
The postponement of the flight is due to ‘’Logistics Issues’', according to the Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa.
It specifically blamed the inability of Air Peace – the chosen carrier – to secure “over flight and landing permits” from the Canadian authorities on time.
“These challenges are as a result of the fact that Air Peace is flying this route for the first time.
“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.
“This is coupled with the fact that only Air Peace had agreed to convey the evacuees from more than one location in Canada,” the mission stated.
The Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa said a new date would be communicated as soon as the airline got the clearance from the Canadian authorities.
The plane, a Boeing 777 aircraft, was scheduled to fly from Lagos to convey the passengers from two locations in Canada, namely Toronto and Alberta.
The plane was expected to pick the first set of evacuees 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.