Special flight from Riyadh lands at Kozhikode airport


The special flight carrying 152 passengers, including 20 Kozhikode natives, landed here at 8.05 pm, earlier than scheduled arrival time of 8.30 pm.

Kozhikode: A group of expats from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia arrived at Karipur airport here on Friday as part of the repatriation amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The special flight carrying 152 passengers, including 20 Kozhikode natives, landed here at 8.05 pm, earlier than scheduled arrival time of 8.30 pm.

The expats included 139 Keralites from 13 districts besides 10 persons from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Among the 152 passengers, 84 are pregnant women. 22 are children while 5 required emergency medical treatment.

The returnees also included 3 persons above the age of 70 and 15 children accompanied by their mothers.

The expats included 7 men and 13 women from Kozhikode. Among them, 12 are pregnant women while five are children below 10 years of age.

The returnees include people who went to the Gulf country on visit visa, those who lost their jobs and are returning on their final exit.

The passengers have not been subjected to rapid tests as such facilities are not available at the Riyadh airport. Tests will be conducted after they land at the airport.

The passengers will undergo thermal scanning at the aerobridge. After collecting personal information, they will undergo customs and emigration checks. Those showing health problems will be shifted to Manjeri and Kozhikode medical colleges, sources said.

The pregnant women and children will be allowed to observe home quarantine. Other three returnees will be taken to the COVID-19 care centre under the district authority.

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