A chartered Air France Flight AF0986 has evacuated 260 European citizens from Nigeria and additional 118 European citizens from other West African countries through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said the Air France flight landed in Lagos via Cotonou with 118 passengers on board at 3 p.m. local time.
It was gathered that 260 passengers boarded the flight from Lagos and the aircraft took off to Paris about 3.44 pm local time.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-328 (ER).
The federal government had granted Air France – KLM, one-week period from March 26th to April 2nd, to evacuate European citizens from Nigeria.
In a letter signed by the Director, Air Transport Management, Naibi, on behalf of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, and addressed to the General Manager of Air France- KLM in Nigeria and Ghana, Micheal Colleau, the federal government said it had approved for the airline to operate essential flights from March 26 to April 2.
The letter read: “I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated March 23, 2020 on the above subject and to convey the Honourable Minister’s approval for your airline to operate essential flights from Lagos to Paris with flight number AF0986 originating from Cotonou (COO 0745 LOS 0820, LOS -0950 CDG 1615).
“I am further directed to inform you to undertake the operation strictly based on the protocol guiding the kind of operation under COVID-19 as issued by the Nigerian Aeronautical Authorities, most especially, the All Operators Letter issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with ref: NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/108 dated March 23, 2020.”