By Shola Akingboye – 11 July 2020
The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a 4th Evacuation flight for stranded Nigerians in the USA which will be ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT NO. ET509, scheduled to depart Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey on Tuesday, 28’h July 2020 by 21:15hrs and arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), ABUJA on Wednesday, 29‘“ July 2020 by 13:25hrs.
This was revealed in a public notice and made available to the media through the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
The office of the Nigerian Consular General in New York, stated that all prospective evacuees duly registered with any of the 3 Nigerian Missions in the USA should purchase their one-way tickets through www.ethio ianairlines.com at the cost of USD1,250.00 for Economy class and USD2,800.00 for Business Class for adult/child fare, including all taxes, with the usual percentage reduction for infants under 2yrs.
“All prospective evacuees who purchased tickets, should forward a copy of their evacuation ticket, as well as the name, phone number and contact address of their Next of Kin ln Nigeria to cgnnanlgeriahouse.com, which will be done on a ‘first come, first served‘ basis. For further assistance with payments, please contact the following Ethiopian Airlines staff: Dereje: +12028482397, Benjamin: +15712757021 and Million Teka:+19085916400” It reads.
The public notice issued, also indicated that, in accordance with the Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVlD-19, all prospective evacuees must present an original COVID-19 NEGATIVE test result (not older than 14 days on the day of departure) at the Airport and undergo Temperature check 4hrs before departure.
“Any intending evacuees without the stipulated test result, or a body temperature above 38 degrees centigrade, or any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHECK IN”
“While on board, all prospective evacuees are required to wear face masks and be in possession of a hand sanitizer for intermittent use throughout the journey.”
“Furthermore. all returnees are enjoined to adhere strictly to all instructions of Port Health Services (PHS) officials and observe other entry screening protocols on arrival.”
“While wishing you a smooth Evacuation to Nigeria, please stay safe” The Consular stated.