Covid-19: Why Canadian Government Stopped Evacuation Of 200 Nigerians
Stranded Nigerians: Air Peace Does Not Have Commercial Licence To Operate In Canada- Federal Government
The two hundred stranded Nigerians who were expected to live the foreign country were saddened as their hopes dashed with the latest development from the Canadian government.
Naija News understands The Canadian authorities denied the approved air flight Air Peace Nigeria the landing rights to evacuate about 200 Nigerians stranded in the country.
speaking on the development,the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the airline was denied landing rights by the Canadian authorities on the grounds that this particular Nigerian carrier did not have a licence to undertake commercial flights to that country and was not known to that country for commercial flights.
“Our high commissioner in Canada is engaging with the Canadian government on this issue and we’re hopeful that we can have the decision reversed.
“The argument that he’s putting forward, which is a strong argument, is that this is not a regular commercial flight to Canada to take passengers, but that this is an emergency flight and that there is a difference between the two. So, the negotiations are ongoing and we are hopeful that there will be a positive result”, the minister said.
Naija News recalls that the airline was scheduled to have evacuated 200 Nigerians from Canada on Thursday, but in a statement on Wednesday, the airline said the flight had been canceled.