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France reintroduces transit visa for Nigerians travelling to UK

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Nigerians travelling to the UK from January 1, 2021 via Air France-KLM will have to obtain an airport transit visa as France has reintroduced this additional travel document for citizens of certain nationalities including those from Nigeria.

An airport transit visa grants access to a traveller to pass through the international zone of an airport without entering the country’s territory.

A statement issued by Air France- KLM said the ATV had become necessary for these citizens to pass through France or the Netherlands following Brexit — which means the UK is no longer part of the European Union.

It also said citizens of the affected countries with British visa, long-stay visa or British residence permit must still have the ATV to pass through France or the Netherlands.

It listed the affected countries as Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Ghana.

Others are Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Syria, Palestinians, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka.

“As from January 1, 2021, citizens of the following countries who are holders of a British visa, long-stay visa or a residence permit issued by the British authorities will need to be in possession of an airport transit visa (ATV) if they transit through France and or the Netherlands,”  the statement read.

But the airline said citizens of the listed countries holding a visa or residence permit from Canada, Japan, the USA or any other European country,  in addition to a UK visa/residence permit  are allowed to travel through France or the Netherlands without an ATV.

On December 24, the UK clinched a Brexit trade deal with the European Union (EU).

The new deal will almost certainly mean lower tariffs and costs for exporters than they would have faced if the UK had left the EU without an agreement.

The UK ceased to be a full member of the EU in January, following the Brexit vote on June 23, 2016.

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16 killed as Russian plane carrying parachute jumpers crashes

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About 16 people have been killed and seven injured after a plane crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan region, the RIA news agency cited the emergency services as saying.

The plane was carrying a group of parachute jumpers, the emergencies ministry was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

Seven people were pulled out alive from the wreckage, it said.

The remaining 15 were “without signs of life”, a representative of the emergency services told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The plane was a Let L-410 Turbolet, which is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft. The crash took place at about 9:23am (06:23 GMT).

Images published by the ministry showed the aircraft broken in half with a severely dented nose.

The local health ministry said that the seven survivors are in hospital, one is in “very serious condition”, RIA Novosti reported.

Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially involving ageing planes in far-flung regions, are not uncommon.

Last month, an ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian far east, killing six people.

All 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in a crash in Kamchatka in July.

The country also frequently experiences non-fatal air incidents that result in rerouted flights and emergency landings, usually stemming from technical issues.

Flying in Russia can be particularly dangerous in the vast country’s isolated regions, such as the Arctic and the Far East, where weather conditions are frequently extreme.

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Reps on oversight function, others stranded for 12 hours at Kano airport

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Members of the House of Representatives’ committee on Petroleum Upstream on oversight function to Kano State were stranded for hours at the airport.

They had arrived at Kano airport by 12.30pm en route Abuja at 2pm on Wednesday only to be deserted by their airline.

The spokesman for the House, Benjamin Kalu, who was affected by the delay said after a long wait of about 12 hours, a promise from the Azman airline to lift them only came at 12.15am, Thursday, that’s Wednesday midnight.

He said, “Twelve hours wait for a one-hour flight between Kano and Abuja. All passengers including the House of Reps members are abandoned with no one addressing them or giving them or given a cup of water.

He said, “We got here 12.30pm and we are told we will be lifted 12.15am.

“The National Assembly members frown on how their citizens are treated in such delay.”

 

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United Airlines to begin US-Nigeria flights on Nov 29

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United Airlines says it will begin flight operations from the Virginia, United States, to Lagos, Nigeria on November 29.

The announcement came via the verified Twitter account of the US Mission in Nigeria on Saturday.

According to the tweet, the airline operation will commence on November 29.

It stated that the “nonstop flights” will fly from Dulles international airport, Virginia, to Lagos, adding that the “tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”

“Awesome! A welcome addition to increasing the burgeoning connections between the US and Nigeria!” the tweet read.

“We are pleased to see that United Airlines will launch from Dulles International Airport to Lagos starting November 29. Tickets will be available for booking in a few days,” it stated.

The United Airlines stated that it would operate flights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday every week.

The tweet stated that the flight — Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays — would be undertaken on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

“Make room for one more, Dulles Airport! Our nonstop to Lagos, Nigeria, is now for sale,” it stated.

“The first flight takes off November 29, with service on a 787-8 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.”

 

 

 

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