Repatriation: Arrival, Wednesday in Algiers, of 300 Algerians stranded in London


ALGIERS – An Air Algérie plane landed Wednesday at Algiers International Airport with 300 Algerian nationals on board who had been stranded in London (Great Britain) since March following the suspension of air traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CEO of the Algiers Airport Services and Infrastructure Management Company (SGSIA), Tahar Allache, told APS on Wednesday.

Arrived at Algiers International Airport at 6.15 p.m., this flight is part of the repatriation operations of Algerian nationals stranded abroad following the suspension of air traffic due to the pandemic of new coronavirus (Covid-19) , said Mr. Allache.

The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, had ordered the repatriation of Algerian travelers stranded at airports abroad, following the decision to close Algerian airports and ports, a move taken as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To this end, a national cell composed of the ministries concerned has been set up to tackle, under the supervision of the Prime Minister, the examination of the best means of repatriation of Algerian nationals stranded abroad.

Regarding maritime transport, the CEO of the National Enterprise of Passenger Maritime Transport (ENTMV), Ahcene Grairia told APS that the maritime staffs are ready for the resumption of activity if the country’s high authorities decide it.

According to Mr. Grairia, the ships have been provided with various means of disinfection and hygiene, masks, gloves, in addition to training personnel on methods of taking care of travelers in the event of recovery.

In addition, the ships were equipped with mini-hospitals and qualified medical personnel, whose task is to monitor the health of travelers and take the necessary measures in the event of cases proven to COVID-19 on board, he added.



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