South Africa’s national carrier, South African Airways, SAA, is still going on repatriating South African citizens stranded in Europe.
On April 8, 2020, SA2261 left Frankfurt, Germany in the morning to bring back a group of South African citizens who were stranded in the European country.
“Thank you to the SAA Frankfurt airport staff and the crew operating these flights under unusual circumstances,” said SAA through their twitter account.
SAA added that the safety of their passengers and crew were their concern and that all the repatriation flights currently underway to Germany, Brazil and Belgium were prepared with up to the minute detail by SAA operations and their medical teams.
“We also adhere to CAA regulations on safety standards, social distancing is observed at the check-in counters, our crew wear Personal Protective Equipment and all passenger and crew are screened before departing.”
SAA got into an agreement with the German government to also charter planes to repatriate Germans back home. In this process, over 600 German nationals have been taken home.
“The first group of German and EU citizens are on their way to O.R. Tambo for repatriation What a smooth and calm and pinpointed operation,” posted German Ambassador Martin Schaefer on April 3, 2020.