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New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by NwaNimo1(m): 8:39pm On May 15
New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada

A new development has just emerged that the delay in the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Canada is as a result of the personal interest of Canada High Commission official in Nigeria.

A confirmed report alleged that the Canada High Commission is responsible for the delay of the evacuation of Nigerians from that country by deferring Air Peace flight right and positioning Ethiopia Airlines to operate the airlift at a higher fare. Recall that the Federal Government last week designated the Nigerian carrier, Air Peace to conduct evacuation flight to bring Nigerians who are stranded in Canada with the flight plan to airlift passengers from Toronto and Cagliari back to the country.

But informed source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the ” Canada High Commission opened talks with Ethiopia Airlines, which has been airlifting Canadian citizens from different parts of Africa to Canada to deny a Nigerian carrier the opportunity to airlift its own citizens”. ” However, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation and Foreign Affairs has waded into the matter, insisting that the Nigerian carrier has to operate the flight in tandem with its new position that all evacuation flights must be conducted by Nigerian carriers” , the source said.

A document sourced from the Canada High Commission directed that ” passengers should pay $2, 500 to Ethiopian Airlines; while Air Peace charged $1, 134 and 319 passengers have paid to the Nigerian airline, which has concluded plans to operate full flight to the North American country”. ” The directive from the Canada High Commission asked the would-be passengers to pay for Flight ET3900 from Lagos to Addis-Ababa that would depart from Lagos by 1:00 pm Nigerian time on May 18, 2020″. “The directive asked the passengers to use the booking code: ”LOSYYZ”, valid only for May 15, 2020,” the document further revealed.

The delay in allowing Air Peace, an indigenous airline to conduct the evacuation flight has upset officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Nigerians who have been monitoring the proceedings since last week. Some of the Nigerians who have booked and paid Air Peace for the flight were already complaining about the insistence of the Canada High Commission to choose a foreign airline when a Nigerian carrier can carry out the evacuation exercise successfully, as it had done in the past. Shocked at the decision of Canada High Commission, an official of the Nigerian carrier said that Air Peace has successfully flown to 40 countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, noting that it was the airline that evacuated Israeli citizens from Nigeria late March.

“We have done many international flights, including landing in Canada. We have made 19 flights to the United States of America since 2014. We have flown to Tel-Aviv several times and in March we evacuated over 200 Israelis from Nigeria back during this COVID-19 lockdown. We have scheduled flight operations to United Arab Emirates. We have also flown to UK, Ireland, China, Turkey, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland and other countries. “We have IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification and we are member of IATA. We have also evacuated Nigerians from South Africa during the Xenophobia attack of Africans there.

We are grateful to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Aviation for all the support it is giving Air Peace and other ingenious carriers,” the Air Peace official said. Reacting to the incident, former Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Benedict Adeyileka described the action of the Canada High Commission as political and urged the Federal Government to stand firmly on its position that a Nigerian carrier should conduct the airlift. “I don’t agree with what is happening. It is very political and Ethiopian Airlines is playing a dangerous game.

Ethiopian has new aircraft but it was Boeing 767 it deployed to airlift Nigerians from the US and some of the passengers complained, even as they paid higher fares to the airline. But Air Peace is deploying Boeing 777 for the evacuation. “I am a nationalist to the core. Anything Nigerian is good enough as long as it is qualified to carry out the operation and Air Peace has international operation experience. I insist that the Nigerian government should put its foot down on this. Nigerian carriers should not be stopped from conducting international operations,” he said.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/05/breaking-new-twist-in-evacuation-of-nigerians-from-canada/

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by FlordFlorez(m): 8:45pm On May 15
What kind of unnecessary political game is this? Our citizen and our airline, what problem did they got with that. Imaging them deploying boeing 767 when we have 777 with airpeace plus charging higher, are they mad?

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Eluala(m): 8:51pm On May 15
This is unacceptable if it turns out to be true.

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Mynd44: 8:56pm On May 15
FlordFlorez:
What kind of unnecessary political game is this? Our citizen and our airline, what problem did they got with that. Imaging them deploying boeing 767 when we have 777 with airpeace plus charging higher, are they mad?
Canada is not allowing Airpeace to make the flight as it is not registered in Canada

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by eleko1: 9:10pm On May 15
sad Oyinbo scam. Is it by force to enter Ethiopian Air? Can dis pipu try diz nonsense with Air France?

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Exc2000: 9:10pm On May 15
undecided


Same thing played out during Evacuation of victims of Xenophobia in S.A, Air Peace initially was denied landing right until hadi Sirika stepped in an promise to expel SAairways from all Nigerian Airports


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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by athaboi(m): 9:10pm On May 15
What exactly is the conspiracy..how do you expect people who have paid for their flight to add additional money for another arranged flight

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Lastmankc(m): 9:11pm On May 15
Zo
Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by sammyj: 9:11pm On May 15
cheesy Nigeria has become mockery to the stage of lack of trust of our airline by foreign countries. This made me remember the case of the Arik airline hostess drug traffick in the UK years back!! shocked

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by kendrick93(m): 9:12pm On May 15
Have they( the Nigerians) complained that they want to come back?.
Cause I know if I was in Canada, no way i'm i coming back to this country after struggling to get there in the first place

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by ntyce(m): 9:12pm On May 15
This has to be resolved diplomatically...

The Canadians have the right to choose the airline which operate in it's airspace...
They should however consider the cheaper option of Airpeace....

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Harrykn: 9:12pm On May 15
I came to read comments
I comment on what I don't understand.
Thank you
Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by airsaylongcom: 9:12pm On May 15
Mynd44:

Canada is not allowing Airpeace to make the flight as it is not registered in Canada

How about Private jets that fly in and out of Canada. Are they all registered in Canada?

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Spysees: 9:12pm On May 15
What we gon' do now?
Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by lajuwomi(m): 9:12pm On May 15
We no go gree nahh local airline we go enter.. am writing from Canada....

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Blitz4real(m): 9:13pm On May 15
One day he go better
Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by GrandMufti: 9:13pm On May 15
Mynd44:

Canada is not allowing Airpeace to make the flight as it is not registered in Canada

But from the article, air peace said they have landed before.

Abeg they should consider the stress passengers are already going through

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by BlowYourMind: 9:14pm On May 15
The high commissioner should be removed without delay, how will FG insist on local carrier with little and he is requesting for the one with double charge, is something wrong with him?

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Kazim88: 9:14pm On May 15
They also gave them code to buy the Ethiopian airline ticket. Affiliated Marketing . If you, you know.

Nigerian high commission in Canada are Nigerians, what do you expect. Fraud in the system.

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by tempest01(m): 9:15pm On May 15
Foolish lies.

Air peace is not cleared to fly in Canada. It is not a lawless country where anything goes. You people should keep your lawlessness in your country and find a licensed airline to charter and bring back the Nigerians.

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by ntyce(m): 9:15pm On May 15
airsaylongcom:


How about Private jets that fly in and out of Canada. Are they all registered in Canada?

You said "private" jets, not commercial airline.....

Lagos BRT can't go and operate in Abuja....

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by eleko1: 9:15pm On May 15
sad
Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by livebyday(m): 9:15pm On May 15
angry

The president needs to issue a statement on this

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by awadakeri: 9:15pm On May 15
we give 100% warranty on all our UK used laptops

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Drizzy5001(m): 9:16pm On May 15
I don't have anything to say.

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by swiperthefox(m): 9:17pm On May 15
What arrant nonsense? You want our citizens to pay over $1,000 higher to be airlifted from Canada to Nigeria when there is a cheaper alternative.

They better register Airpeace. If not, Canada would have to pay the balance if they insist on Ethiopia Airline.

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Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by dazzlingd: 9:17pm On May 15
angry

Nigeria and every possible means to loot.

The whole evacuation is a looting galore
Re: New Twist In Evacuation Of Nigerians From Canada by Kazim88: 9:17pm On May 15
eleko1:
sad Oyinbo scam. Is it by force to enter Ethiopian Air? Can dis pipu try diz nonsense with Air France?

It's actually Nigerians scamming Nigerians

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