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Africa: Ethiopian Airlines to operate 2nd evacuation flight for stranded Nigerians from New York

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Africa’s largest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines is set to operate its second evacuation flight for stranded Nigerians in New York, United State of America.

According to a statement by the Consulate General office in New York, the airline is secluded to depart Newark Liberty International Airport with flight No. ET509 on the July 3 and arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by 10:35hrs on Saturday July 4th, 2020.

The statement said all prospective evacuees duly registered with any of the three Nigerian Missions in the USA should purchase their one-way tickets through the airlines’ website at the cost of $1,250 for economy class and $2,800 for business class for adult/child fare, including all taxes.

It added that all prospective evacuees who purchased tickets should forward name, phone number and contact address for their next of kin in Nigeria to the mission’s office for confirmation noting that passengers will be treated on first come first serve basis.

The mission stated that in accordance with the Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF), protocol, all evacuees must present an original COVID-19 negative test result (not more than 14 days before departure) at the airport departure and undergo a temperature check four hours before departure.

It added that intending evacuees without the stipulated test result, or a body temperature above 38 degrees centigrade or any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, will not be allowed to check in.

It said: “While on board, all evacuees are required to be in possession of a hand sanitizer for intermittent use throughout the journey and wear a face mask. Furthermore, all returnees are enjoined to adhere strictly to all instructions of Port Health Services (PHS), officials and observe other entry screening protocols on arrival”

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