The federal government has confirmed the evacuation flight of the sixth batch of stranded Nigerians from the United States.
The Consulate General of Nigeria in New York revealed this in a statement gotten by Reference Daily News correspondence in New York. .
The statement disclosed that Ethiopian Airlines, Flight No. ET509 is scheduled to depart Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey on Friday, August 7, by 21:15hrs and arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by 13:25hrs on Saturday, August 8, 2020 and then proceed to Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, arriving by 15:50hrs.
The Consulate General said that all prospective evacuees, duly registered with any of the three Nigerian Missions in the USA, should purchase their one-way tickets through http://www.ethiopianairlines.com at the cost of $1,250, 00 (N484, 375) (Abuja) and $1,350.00 (N523,125) (Lagos) for Economy class and $2,800.00 (N1,085,000) (Abuja) and $2,900 (N1,123,750) (Lagos) for Business Class for adult/child fare, including all taxes, with the usual percentage reduction for infants under 2yrs.
The Consulate General however advised all prospective evacuees who purchased tickets, to forward their name, phone number and contact address of their Next of Kin in Nigeria to firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation, which will be done on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
The statement said in accordance with the Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, all prospective evacuees must present an original Covid-19 negative test result (not older than 14 days) at the Airport of Departure and undergo a Temperature check 4hrs before departure.
The statement added: “Any intending evacuees without the stipulated test result, or a body temperature above 38 degrees centigrade, or any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, would not be allowed to check in.
“While onboard, all prospective evacuees are required to have a hand sanitiser for intermittent use throughout the journey and wear face masks. 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.”