Luanda — At least 800 Angolans stranded in Portugal since March, out of 2,100 who expressed interest in returning to Angola during this period of covid-19, are already in the country, as part of a repatriation programme for national citizens.
Of this number, at least 286 (including 23 children and one adult wheelchair user) arrived Friday, on the second TAAG flight reserved for Lisbon, to which the air carrier will return on August 21 and September 4th, in compliance with the program of five operations to Portugal.
The first flight, in this phase of Public Calamity that Angola has been experiencing since May 26th, repatriated (on July 24th) 279 passengers, between Angolans and Portuguese living in Angola, under the leadership of the Multi-sector Commission for Prevention and Fight against Covid-19.
Following humanitarian flights, TAAG returned 283 citizens in distress in the Portuguese city of Oporto on the 30th, in what was, by the way, the only operation to that location. 1,300 compatriots are now waiting for their turn from the capital of Portugal.
Like the first two flights, this third flight prioritised sick passengers who served under medical assistance board, citizens who were in academic training, specific family groups (especially with children) and the elderly.
According to Angop's calculations, in this short period of time, starting on July 24th, with minimum intervals of 14 days, the flag carrier brought 848 citizens, bringing on board the Boeing 777-300 an average of 270 adult passengers, per trip.