As Airports Close, Rush On To Bring Back Greeks Stranded Abroad

The flight schedule board shows a few cancelled flights at Heathrow Airport in London, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

ATHENS – With Greece’s international airport shutting down the night of March 22 to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus – and flights being canceled around the round – the government was trying to repatriate Greeks stuck in other countries in time.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias and Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya discussed how to bring back their citizens with more travel restrictions coming.

Several Greek citizens are stranded in Spain and countries of South America, while Spaniards currently in Greece are looking for ways to return to their country as Athens has banned flights to Spain, noted Kathimerini about the plight.

The Greek Embassy in Warsaw on Thursday announced that Aegean Airlines has scheduled a special flight for Greeks in Poland, to depart on March 21 for Greece with the airport in Warsaw  open from 10 a.m. local time, to allow for the last-minute purchase of tickets or anyone who has not yet contacted Aegean Airlines.

But the last minute tickets were available only until 1 p.m. March 20 by forwarding a name and telephone number to the Embassy’s email address at gremb.war@mfa.gr. Strict priority will be kept, the report also said.

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