UK Nationals Pay £490.50 Each for Repatriation to London


Chinedu Eze

Another batch of UK nationals was evacuated from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos wednesday.

The passengers totaling 310, including 21-crew were airlifted by British Airways (BA) flight BAW9116, operated by Boeing B747 by 4:16 p.m local time as part of the United Kingdom’s repatriation efforts over the COVID19 pandemic.

The flight was the fourth evacuation carried out by the UK government recently and each passenger paid £490.50 according to information on the UK Mission’s website.

On Saturday, April 18, a BA Boeing 747 airlifted 301 Britons from MMIA at 16.10 hours, while 242 were moved from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on the same day.

On Monday, April 20, a Boeing 747 British Airways (BA) flight BA9157 with registration number G-CIVO airlifted 213 Britons (including 22 crew members) .

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, stated that to be eligible for all flights, primary residence has to be in the UK, stressing that they prioritised helping the most vulnerable and those who have an underlying medical condition, which places them at greater risk of serious illness if they contact COVID-19.