The British High Commission has released flight schedules to evacuate its nationals from Nigeria within a fortnight.
In a video made available to Nairametrics, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, stressed that they would be the final evacuation flights from Nigeria back to the United Kingdom, and urged nationals to take advantage of it.
Speaking about eligibility, Laing stated:
“These flights are aimed at British nationals and dual nationals who are normally resident in the UK, and their immediate dependents. We’ll be prioritising people who are already on our waiting list.
“After that, we will allocate seats on a first come first served basis, and those of you who are non-British nationals but have indefinite leave to remain in the UK could also be eligible. We will pick up any foreign nationals if we have seats available.”
There will be flights from Lagos to London on May 29, and June 1, 2020, while the flights from Abuja to London will only run on June 6, 2020.
There are also arrangements to pick up stranded nationals in Port Harcourt, and connect them to Abuja where they will board the flight home.
According to Laing, the Commission will be using Virgin Airlines for its Lagos flights and Titan Airways to convey nationals from Abuja.
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What it will cost
Britons taking the flight from Lagos will be expected to pay £445 for their tickets, while passengers from Abuja will pay £600.
Laing added that the commission has also made provisions for nationals who are cash strapped.
“If you are struggling and you have exhausted all other means, there are loans available,” she said.
Bookings are to be made at the ‘return to the UK’ part of their travel advise page, and details of the loans can also be found there.