ALGIERS-299 Algerian passengers arrived, Tuesday in Algiers, from France after a long absence imposed by the closure of air borders on March 19, 2020 under the measures to counter the Covid-19 pandemic.
Travelers, transported from Orly airport (Paris) to Algiers’ Houari Boumediene airport on board an Airbus A330-200, received a PCR test. They were transferred to hotels chosen by the Ministry of Tourism for isolation, said Spokesman for Air Algerie Amine Andaloussi.
An aircraft carrying 66 passengers departed from Algiers to Paris in the morning, he said.
The partial reopening of airspace, starting Tuesday, was decided on May 16 by the Council of Ministers following the improvement of the epidemiological situation.
Moreover, President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune also decided a reduction in accommodation and mandatory isolation fees as well as an exemption for students and low-income seniors.
According to Andaloussi, the partial resumption of international flights meets “rigorous” preventive conditions.
Returning travelers should perform two PCR tests, in addition to the one imposed upon arrival at the airport.
A first PCR must be performed during the 36 hours before boarding and another at the end of the isolation period, set at 5 days but renewable in case of positive PCR.
Air Algerie had announced, Saturday in a press release, the flight schedule and travel fees following the decision to reopen air borders partially.
The airline had confirmed the resumption of flights as from June 1st, 2021 with a Constantine-Tunis-Constantine flight (on Fridays), Algiers-Istanbul-Algiers (on Sundays), Algiers-Paris (ORLY)-Algiers (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), Algiers-Marseille-Oran (on Saturdays) and Algiers-Barcelona-Algiers (on Wednesdays).
Air Algerie had set ticket prices as follows: Tunis 591 Tunisian dinars round trip (including taxes), Istanbul US$686 round trip (including taxes), Paris €518 roundtrip (including taxes), Marseille €391 roundtrip (including taxes) and Barcelona €317 roundtrip (including taxes).