322 Nigerian evacuees from different parts of the United States of America, US, have departed the Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Friday, June 3, 2020.
The second batch of evacuees, stranded in the US as a result of the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, were, according to Hon. Ben Okoyen, the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, who coordinated the evacuation on behalf of Nigerian Missions in the US, supposed to be 331, made up of 301 adults and 30 infants, but nine passengers were not allowed to check in, including a family of five, for inability to comply with the guidelines. Those who eventually boarded the plane, he said, are therefore 322 persons – 126 males, 166 females and 30 infants.
They departed on an Ethiopean Airlines jet, ET 509 and are expected to arrive Lagos on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 2.30 pm due to a slight delay in the departure time.
The first evacuation flight from the US, also by an Ethiopean Airlines jet, equally took off from the Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, in May with 160 passengers on board, including eight babies, but landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.