20 Mar El Al organizes Saturday night fight for Israelis stuck in India
Peru is still under martial law in response to the coronavirus threat. Recent border closures and a nation-wide lockdown have left the 23 remaining Israelis unclear as to what lies ahead of them.
Israeli travelers waiting for a flight home in Sao Paulo International Airport (photo credit: Courtesy)
El Al has organized a Saturday night flight for those Israelis stranded in India, now that countries are closing their borders.
A plane intended for cargo will now carry Israelis out of Mumbai at about 9:30. p.m. El Al ticket holders for flight that had originally been scheduled or a later date, can now transfer those tickets to the Saturday night flight at no cost. Tickets can also be purchased via the web or travel agencies.
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On Friday, the first of four El Al flights bringing 1,100 post army Israeli home from Peru landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The last of the planes is scheduled to land late Friday afternoon.
Israel is seeking to return 23 Israelis for whom there was no space on the flights.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted that he was “glad” to the travelers return. They were brought back to Israel free of charge in an operation by the Foreign Ministry, Israel’s Peruvian Embassy, Peruvian officials and El Al.
With regard to the remaining 23 Israelis Katz said, “our embassy is in constant contact with them, and I promise that we will make every effort to bring them back soon.”
«No other country in the world cares for its citizens like this. The whole world is now in this battle together and we must take steps and heed the proper guidelines,» Katz added.
— החדשות – N12 (@N12News) March 20, 2020
Peru is under martial law and Israelis are fearful to remain, given they have no ties to the country and no permanent abode.
In Brazil, 300 Israelis left took off on a flight home from Sao Paulo on Friday morning. The passengers were taken on a LATAM 787 dreamliner jet funded by Amsalem Tours.
The Foreign Ministry has already returned 380 Israeli students from Moldova on two Israir Airline flights.
The Foreign Ministry on Thursday reiterated its call for Israelis abroad to return immediately as countries have started to close their skies and airline travel will soon no longer be possible.
Countries, including the US, are issuing similar warnings to their citizens. Among the countries where there are no longer commercial flights are: Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Jordan, Egypt, Columbia and Peru.
“Due to reduction and cancellation of flights all over the world and the decision of many countries to close their skies and borders because of the coronavirus outbreak, we call on all Israelis abroad to come back to Israel as soon as possible,» the Foreign Ministry stated.
Fuente: The Jerusalem Post