Seven Irish citizens are back on home soil after landing at Shannon Airport last night, on board a repatriation flight from Algeria to the US.
It follows an agreement between the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department to make seats available to them on a special flight chartered by the US embassy in Algeria to bring US citizens home.
The Omni Air flight made a refueling stop at Shannon Airport to allow the Irish passengers disembark before continuing on to Washington.
Commenting on the flight, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “Shannon Airport is delighted to play its part in getting Irish citizens home to their families. We continue to facilitate airline services for our passengers, cargo operators, and aviation businesses based at Shannon. In these unprecedented times, it is particularly important that we endeavour to keep our airport open to facilitate the transport of essential and emergency goods, and as of this time we will continue to operate on a significantly reduced basis.
“Throughout, our employees across the Group, particularly those on the frontline at Shannon Airport are doing tremendous work under difficult circumstances, to support and reassure anxious customers and for this we are most grateful.
“As Ireland and the world battle the virus, we would ask people to continue to follow HSE advice to flatten the curve, and to stay safe and to look out for each other.”