Ethiopian says not yet Contracted to Evacuate Nigerians From Canada

Firihewot Mekonnen
General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria


…evacuates 187 Canadians from Nigeria


Posted by Sade Williams


Amid uproar by Nigerian government and its citizens against the choice of Ethiopian airline by Canada to evacuate Nigerians from Canada,  Ethiopian Airlines on Monday said the company has not been contracted to evacuate Nigerians From Canada.


It added that ‘that is the responsibility of the Nigerian Government and its Agencies to Choose Partners for Such Evacuation’.


A statement signed by Firihewot Mekonnen, General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, also revealed that Ethiopian Airlines evacuated 187 Canadians and Resident permit holders from Nigeria on May 21, 2020 from Lagos airport on B787 to Addis Ababa onward Transfer to Canada.


“Ethiopian Airlines has been operating regular flights between Addis Ababa and Toronto Canada for years. More Canadians will be evacuated as arrangements are ongoing.


“Ethiopian airlines as an airline is ready to operate any flight as an evacuation when requested by the respective government and agencies. As at now the Airline has already operated such flights and is having an ongoing  discussion to evacuate Canadians and Canada resident permit holders from Nigeria”, the statement reads.


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