Around 4,100 Norwegians have been brought home by plane since the Corona crisis began. The flights have taken place in collaboration between the Government and the airlines and travel companies.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) has organized 35 flights since March 12. The planes have carried Norwegians and other Nordic citizens from the Canary Islands, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy, Morocco, Brazil, Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria and Argentina. Most of the flights have gone to Gardermoen.
Most of the flights are maintenance of regular routes, but Norwegian authorities have also arranged for six charter flights from places where there are no commercial routes. All passengers have paid for their own return journey.
To date, over 5,000 people have traveled home using this scheme, which lasts until June 1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs estimates that about 4,100 of these are Norwegian citizens.
On Friday, around 70 Norwegians and people with residence permits in Norway, were flown from Argentina after the Foreign Ministry came across a vacant charter aircraft.
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