by OnCuba Staff
A Cubana de Aviación flight brought back to the island 83 citizens who were stuck in Ecuador due to the coronavirus pandemic. The IL-96 aircraft that carried out the transfer had previously returned to that Andean nation about 200 Ecuadorians stranded in Cuba.
The operation was carried out this Saturday without any complications, organized by the island’s embassy in Quito and its consulate, and supported by the representatives of Cubana de Aviación in Ecuador, where the company only works with cargo.
From the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, in the Ecuadorian capital, the flight departed with a group of Cubans who were scattered throughout different provinces of the South American nation, which closed its borders in mid-March, when it also limited inter-provincial mobility and public events.
These Cubans were waiting for the resumption of commercial operations, but the Ecuadorian government has decided to extend the closure of its borders throughout the month of May. The only option left then was a repatriation flight, as had happened with the stranded Cubans in Peru and Guyana.
Although this humanitarian flight is a relief for all those who boarded, there are still pending requests from Cubans interested in traveling to their places of origin, Cuban Consul Alejandro Rodríguez explained to Prensa Latina news agency.
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