260 French citizens were airlifted from Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos to Paris on Thursday March 26, following an approval given by the Federal Government to a request by the Air France General Manager in Nigeria, Michel Colleau.
After closing all the major international airports to international flights, Colleau had sought permission for the airline to land in Lagos to evacuate Dutch and French citizens stuck in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Government through the Ministry of Aviation granted the permission for the Air France/KLM flight to operate on the platform of essential flights.
An Air France aircraft came in via Cotonou at 2.05pm today, and with the pre-boarding formalities completed, French nationals boarded the aircraft which took off at about 3.44pm Nigerian time. The evacuation exercise is expected to continue on April 2nd and end on April 9th 2020.