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Air Peace evacuates 312 Indian nationals from Nigeria

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Domestic Airline, Air Peace, Sunday airlifted 312 Indian citizens from Nigeria back to their Country in a 10-hours non-stop flight.

The evacuation exercise which originated from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Kochi saw the Indian government celebrate the first direct flight from Nigeria to India.

The verified twitter account of Indians in Nigeria, @india_nigeria, read: “repatriation of India nationals from Nigeria began today (Sunday) with the Lagos-Kochi Air Peace flight carrying 312 passengers. It is the first ever Nigerian airline to fly directly to India.”

Hence, the Indians in Nigeria commended all who made the exercise a success; the Nigerian government, the Indian Embassy in Nigeria and others.

The flight operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI by 15 crew members, is expected to arrive Cochin International Airport in Kerala.

The Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, while expressing delight over the evacuation flight, thanked the Indian authorities for engaging Air Peace to operate the flight.

She equally appreciated the Nigerian government for supporting the Airline in all its special flights during the lock down.

According to her, both the airline and other relevant government agencies ensured that all the passengers complied with the laid down health procedures before boarding.

Air Peace has recently carried out evacuation exercise to Lebanon, China and Israel with India now making it four countries.

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