BEDFORDVIEW, 31 March 2020 – The first repatriation flight permitted in terms of revised regulations announced on Tuesday by Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula departed from Airports Company South Africa’s O. R. Tambo International Airport this morning (Wednesday 1 April).

A total of 321 passengers boarded the LATAM flight for Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Airports Company South Africa’s Group Executive for Corporate Affairs Refentse Shinners says that there were no major challenges in making the necessary operational arrangements for the LATAM flight.

“We are very grateful to our staff and the various role players that moved quickly overnight to ensure the successful facilitation of this repatriation flight,” says Shinners.

“We are especially appreciative of the work done by officials of the Brazilian Embassy who managed the process exceptionally well and ensured that the passengers were safely transferred to the airport by bus,” she says.

The crew of the LATAM aircraft did not disembark. The aircraft carried an additional 16 crew members so that it could do a crew change at the airport. The 16 crew members for the flight into South Africa therefore returned to Brazil as passengers.

[Note: The images below show the departure of the LATAM flight this morning from O. R. Tambo International Airport.]

    

 

 

 

 

 

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