Algeria – While 5,000 Algerians remain stranded abroad, Air Algérie is said to be on the verge of stepping up its repatriation flights with the aim of bringing them back by the end of January.
Indeed, according to the information reported by the Arabic-speaking daily Echorouk, which would have obtained them from a source working within the Air Algeria administration, the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, would have ordered the reinforcement of the repatriation flights of the national airline.
Still according to the same source, Air Algeria should now operate more than 15 repatriation flights per day, departing from Paris to land at Houari Boumediene International Airport in Algiers. These 15 flights should allow the repatriation of 900 people per day.
Algerians stranded in other European countries will have to head to the French capital to be able to return home. As for reservations, they will be made exclusively in Paris at Orly or Charles de Gaulle airport.
Towards the repatriation of all Algerians stranded in Europe
This strengthening of repatriation flights is linked to the repatriation program which began on December 6. More than 40,000 Algerians have been able to return to the country thanks to this program. But 5,000 of them are still stranded in Europe. The aim of this increased flight is to repatriate them by the end of January.
While international borders still remain closed, at the start of 2021, domestic flights have been reinstated. The recovery took place towards the end of last December. But repatriation flights from Canada have been put on hold. Those from Turkey also. And connections from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are also suspended.
As a reminder, Algeria is preparing to receive the first doses of the Chinese vaccine against the coronavirus, by the end of this month of January. As for the Russian vaccine, no date has yet been set for its receipt. After his arrival, part of these doses will go back to Tunisia. This transfer will take place as part of Algeria’s aid program during this health crisis.