‘Thank you for the care…’ German tourists stranded in Kerala board flight back home
Thiruvananthapuram: 232 persons of a German tourist group, who were stranded in various parts of Kerala amid the lockdown imposed, boarded the flight back home from Thiruvananthapuram international airport on Tuesday. While some others decided to stay back, some persons of the group are under 14-days observation here.
The group thanked Kerala for the care provided and the Indian government for allowing them to fly back home.
German natives Michael Schmitz and friend Cloyz Harik said that this is an unforgettable moment for them as their return journey was in uncertainty.
It was around three months back, more than 300 German tourists reached Kerala on tourist visas. They were, on Tuesday morning at 9 am, taken back in an Air India 777 E R flight to Frankfurt.
While the lockdown was imposed, they were staying at hotels, resorts, Ayurveda centres in various districts.
German Embassy had transferred the details of the tourists in Kerala to Central government with which officials were able to locate them.
Health officials had examined them and confirmed none were affected with coronavirus.
Tourism Deputy Director BS Biju, Information Officer K R Sajeev, German Consulate representatives and Air India Thiruvananthapuram Station Manager Leena Vineeth were at the airport to see them off.