British Airways, on Sunday, resumed its London-Abuja flight BA83 after cancelling the flight for two days due to the security alerts on terrorism issued by the United States and United Kingdom governments, NewsSpecng learnt.
The United States Mission in Nigeria had issued a security alert over the risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Federal Capital Territory likewise the British government.
After cancelling its Abuja-bound flight on Friday and Saturday, the airline has now changed its flight schedule to Abuja with effect from Sunday.
In a memo issued to its trade partners, the airline said the temporary schedule change to/fro Abuja from October 30 to November 7, 2022, was “due to operational constraint.”
The airline, however noted that its London-Abuja flight would now be departing by 0810 hours and arrive 1515 hours instead of the previous 22:25 hours and 4:40 hours.
The BA83 flight from London-Heathrow to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja was suddenly diverted to Lagos on Thursday.
The development caused outrage among the affected passengers who complained that there was no adequate notice.
Though BA did not provide any reason for the decision, the diversion of the flight might not be unconnected with the terror alert in Abuja with several foreign missions including the US, UK, Australia, Germany, among others, issuing travel warnings to their citizens.
The airline added that “For cancelled flight BA83/28Oct and BA82/29Oct, please follow the BA standard cancellation guidelines for rebooking of customers.”