British travellers stranded in Nigeria are set to return home on three flights chartered by the UK Government.
The British High Commission in Nigeria in a statement on Sunday said that more than 1,700 British travellers had already returned to the UK on special charter flights in April and May from Lagos and Abuja.
According to the statement, the new flights are scheduled as follows: May 29: Lagos – London, June 1: Lagos – London and June 6: Abuja – London.
There will be a separate internal charter flight from Port Harcourt to Abuja, to collect British travellers based in Port Harcourt for the Abuja flight on 6 June.
According to the Minister of State for Africa, James Duddridge, "Brits in Nigeria will now have access to additional repatriation flights, meaning hundreds more will be able to fly home.
"We’ve already arranged for around 1,700 people to return home to their friends and family and continue to support British nationals who remain in the country.
Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said: “I am delighted to announce a third wave of flights to take more of our British travellers home from Nigeria – adding to the 1,700 people we have already helped since airports closed on April 23.
She urged eligible Britons who wished to return to the UK to book seats on the flights as they were likely to be the last charter flights available.
“For further information and to book a ticket, British travellers should visit the Nigeria Travel Advice pages: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nigeria/return-to-the-uk.
“The UK Government is working with the airline industry and host governments across the world to bring British travellers home as part of the plan announced by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on March 30.