Cyprus Mail

Coronavirus: Repatriation flight brings back a further 72

Seventy-two people who had been left stranded in various countries were repatriated on Monday afternoon on an Aegean flight from Athens.

The flight arrived at Larnaca airport at around 4.30pm, the transport ministry said.

On board were 72 Cypriots many of whom travelled to Athens to catch the flight. These include 26 people who arranged to travel from various countries to Doha in Qatar, and from there to Athens; 17 people from Australia, three from Qatar, two from the Philippines, one each from China, Japan, Korea and Sri Lanka.

Another 46 people were in Greece.

All 72 passengers were boarded in buses to be taken to hotels for their 14-day quarantine. Those them who had gone abroad for medical reasons will be taken to their homes where they are to remain in self-isolation also for 14 days.
The plane was to depart just before six for Athens with 116 passengers.

The flight has been operated free of charge by Aegean Air in cooperation with Hellenic Petroleum that provide the fuel.

The government thanked the two companies “for their noble gesture.”


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