A chartered flight conveying Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) made a U-turn back to base after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour.
The Emirates Airlines was scheduled to evacuate the first batch of about 265 Nigerians from Dubai, and they were scheduled to arrive Nigeria at 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 6th May 2020 via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye said yesterday (Tuesday) in Abuja that arrangements for hotel accommodation in Lagos and Abuja have been made for the evacuation process.
According to Nwonye, the hotels have been inspected by the Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC.
The hotels include, Bolingo with 300 rooms, Apo Apartments with 61 rooms, Royalty with 80 rooms, Chida International with 200 rooms, Belvior with 30 rooms and Barcelona Hotels with 300 rooms.
He also added that discussions are also ongoing with British Airways, through the British High Commission, to evacuate about 300 Nigerians from London on Friday, 8th May 2020.
The flight (BA 9155) will depart London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, at 07:10 am and arrive Lagos at 1:10pm.