ALGIERS – An Air Algérie plane from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) with 300 Algerian nationals on board landed at Algiers international airport on Saturday evening, the airline said.
The plane carrying around 360 Algerians who were stranded in this country due to the suspension of air traffic due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic landed at around 9:00 p.m., added the spokesman of the company, Amine Andaloussi.
In about half an hour, another Air Algérie plane carrying almost the same number of nationals from Dubai was expected at the international airport, bringing the number of nationals repatriated from the UAE on Saturday to 600 travelers, pointed out Andaloussi.
The national airline Air Algerie had dispatched two planes Saturday morning to Dubai (UAE) in order to repatriate the Algerian nationals.
They are two Airbus A 330 type aircraft with a capacity of 300 passengers each, which took off around 5:00 a.m. bound for Dubai International Airport.
A first group of Algerian nationals stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived in Algiers on Saturday afternoon on an aircraft of the airline company Emirates Airlines, a source from the Foreign Ministry told APS.
The same official clarified that this first group of Algerian nationals stranded in the UAE, following the closure of airspace because of the risks of propagation of the Coronavirus pandemic, was made up of more than 200 Algerian citizens.
Since the start of the coronavirus health crisis, Algeria has repatriated more than 8,000 of its nationals abroad, while almost all airspace around the world is closed.
These repatriation measures for Algerians from ports and airports abroad were taken following the instructions of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, after the spread of the Covid pandemic. 19.
As a reminder, the national airline, Air Algerie, had repatriated until Saturday April 4 a total of 740 Algerian nationals stranded in Istanbul (Turkey), following the closure of airspace because of the risks of spread of the new coronavirus , said the CEO of Air Algerie Bakhouche Allèche.
This repatriation decision was taken by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had agreed to cooperate in the repatriation of Algerians stranded in Turkey to Algeria and Turks stranded in Algeria to Turkey.
Air Algerie had suspended all its national and international flights since March 19 until further notice.