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Airlift of stranded Nigerians in Canada postponed



ABOUT 200 Nigerian citizens stranded in Canada earlier scheduled to be airlifted to Nigeria today has been postponed.

  A statement released by Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa, which is organising the evacuation announced the postponement citing “logistics” and other issues beyond its control.

  According to the statement, inability of the chosen fight operator to secure “overflight and landing permits” from the Canadian authorities on time should be held responsible.

  “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.

  It also said a new date would be announced as soon as the airline secured the clearance from the Canadian authorities.

  The plane, a Boeing 777 aircraft, was scheduled to fly from Lagos to convey the Nigerians stranded in Canada 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 kilometres, to pick the second set of passengers.

  The prospective passengers had been given until Tuesday to book the special flight directly with the airline.

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