312 Indian nationals have been repatriated from Lagos International Airport via a first direct non-stop flight by Airpeace airline today to Kochi, India.
According to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the flight PA47812 took off at 1.28am Saturday from Lagos and the aircraft had since landed in India after a 10 hours flight.
Indians in Nigeria commended the Nigerian government, the Indian embassy in Nigeria and others that made the flight a reality.
The Indian community in Nigeria also confirmed this development via its twitter handle
The airline in a statement says, the 10-hour non-stop flight from Lagos to Kochi was operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI.
“The flight, operated by 15 crew members, was expected to arrive Kochin International Airport in Kerala.”
Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, who expressed delight over the evacuation flight, thanked the Indian authorities for engaging the airline to operate the flight, while also giving kudos to the Nigerian government for supporting the airline in all its special flights during the lock-down due to Coronavirus.
She added that the airline alongside other relevant government agencies ensured that all the passengers complied with established health protocols before boarding.
On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the airline embarked on an evacuation flight of 301 Chinese nationals and flew back 268 stranded Nigerians from China on Saturday.