COVID-19: US reschedules repatriation flight from Lagos


The United States Mission in Nigeria says the US government has taken steps to address the challenges faced by some of its citizens willing to return home from Nigeria over the coronavirus pandemic.

This is coming following the inability of two repatriation flights to depart Lagos for America last Friday. Some US citizens, who were scheduled to leave through the Murtala Muhammad Airport were stranded as the flights could not get clearance to fly over West Africa countries, which air spaces had been closed.

Reacting over what it described as “false information being spread online about the repatriation flights for American citizens,” the US Mission in a statement released on its Facebook page on Sunday, said a repatriation flight successfully departed from Abuja on Saturday morning.

“Unfortunately, two flights that were scheduled to depart Lagos on Friday were cancelled due to flight clearance issues in other West African states. The US government immediately took action to redress the situation and the flights have been rescheduled,” the statement read.

The mission also promised that everyone who was confirmed on the cancelled flights will have a seat on the rescheduled flights.

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