Staff, 2022-12-17 09:18:00,
Sky Mali has participated in the repatriation of hundreds of Nigerians stranded in Niger. The African carrier contributed one of its Boeing 737s to operate two late flights in quick succession between the neighboring countries.
Sky Mali flight helps stranded Nigerians
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Friday that it had received 266 repatriated Nigerians flown in from Niger. The majority of those repatriated are believed to have traveled outside of Nigeria seeking economic opportunity before encountering difficulties in neighboring Niger.
The returnees traveled from Diori Hamani International Airport (NIM) in Niamey, Niger, to Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN) on two separate Sky Mali flights, with one arriving late on Thursday evening and the second landing in the early hours of Friday morning.
NEMA Director General, Mustapha Ahmed-Habi, said,
“One hundred and thirty returnees arrived late Thursday night at about 10:50 PM. while 136 arrived on Friday at about 3:50 AM with SKY MALI Airlines.”
Travelers flew onboard a Sky Mali Boeing 737-400 (registration: UR-CQX), a 32-year-old plane on lease from Ukrainian carrier YanAir since May 2021. The aircraft is configured all-economy with capacity for 168 passengers. For those unfamiliar with Sky Mali, the airline was established in 2020 and currently operates with a small fleet of two Boeing 737s.
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