A special charter flight organised by the UK government is expected to travel from Port Harcourt to Abuja on Saturday 6 June 2020 to enable British nationals based in, or near, Port Harcourt to join the 6 June flight from Abuja to London.
UK Minister of State for Africa, James Duddridge who disclosed this added that, “Brits in Nigeria will now have access to additional repatriation flights, meaning hundreds more will be able to fly home. We’ve already arranged for around 1,700 people to return home to their friends and family and continue to support British nationals who remain in the country”.
Also reacting, Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said, “I am delighted to announce a third wave of flights to take more of our British travelers home from Nigeria.”
The ambassador said that the new evacuees would add to the 1,700 people also already helped since airports closed on 23 April.
“If you are eligible and wish to return to the UK, I’d urge you to book seats on these flights as they are likely to be the last charter flights available,” the ambassador stated.
The UK Government is working with the airline industry and host governments across the world to bring British travelers home as part of the plan announced by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on 30 March – with up to £75 million available for special charter flights to priority countries, focused on helping the most vulnerable travelers.
An earlier report stated that so far, charter flights have returned British travelers from countries including India, the Philippines, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nepal, Ghana, Tunisia, Algeria and Peru.