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Shock: 264 Nigerian passengers’ visas are canceled by Saudi once they arrive in Jeddah

When the Saudi authorities cancelled the visas of all 264 passengers who had been airlifted to Jeddah from Lagos and Kano on Sunday, there was astonishment and dismay

The airline was ordered by the authorities to take them back to Nigeria

The aircraft departed on Sunday night from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, traveled via Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, and touched down at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

However, the Saudi Arabian authorities reported that all of the passengers’ visas had been cancelled, much to the airline staff’s dismay

This was the case even though the Saudi authorities were also keeping an eye on the passengers when they traveled through the Advanced Passengers Information System (APIS) in Nigeria for the purpose of checking in

According to Daily Trust, Air Peace started a direct trip to Jeddah last week, and it has been experiencing a high load factor

“The screening of passengers from the MMIA and Kano Airport was thorough and there was no issue with the visas,” stated a source who confirmed the development. These individuals had their visas properly approved, and they went through the sophisticated passenger information system that is available to Jeddah and Lagos officials. Given that this cancellation was made public after the plane had already touched down, we are taken aback

“We believe this is a tactic to drive the Nigerian airline off the route; some customers are clearly dissatisfied with Air Peace’s direct flight to Jeddah compared to flying with another foreign airline that charges more”

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It was discovered that the Saudi authorities had lowered the number of people who would be repatriated from 264 to 177 when the Nigerian embassy waded in\

When this report was filed, the airline was en route to Nigeria carrying the 177 individuals who had been refused entry; most of them were scheduled to perform a shorter Hajj (Umrah)

The event occurred during President Bola Tinubu’s summit visit to the nation

After the summit, the Nigerian leader went on a smaller Hajj and met some of the powerful people in the Arab nation

Saudia, the official carrier of Saudi Arabia, was the only airline conducting direct flights from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia before Air Peace started doing so, according to Daily Trust

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