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Volcano/French nationals repatriation

Published on April 23, 2010
Air transport/French nationals – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Marine Affairs

Paris, April 22, 2010

Jean-Louis Borloo, Ministre d’Etat, Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Marine Affairs, and Dominique Bussereau, Minister of State responsible for Transport, have asked the airlines to do their utmost to fly back as soon as possible the French still stuck abroad.

Since Monday, 19 April, 110,000 of the 150,000 stranded people have been flown back, particularly thanks to the French airlines putting on 120 extra flights.

On Thursday, 22 April at the Ecology Ministry, a meeting was held with the airlines to assess the situation on the repatriation of the last remaining stranded passengers.

As regards destinations where the Foreign Ministry has identified and reported the highest number of French people still stuck, and at Jean-Louis Borloo and Dominique Bussereau’s request, the airlines have pledged two things:

-  continue the ban on booking flights for these destinations so as to give priority to those who are stuck;

-  keep up the extra flights and increase the number of round trips to and from these destinations to guarantee that stranded French nationals can return before the end of the week, including from Overseas France, and Thailand for security reasons.

To this end, Jean-Louis Borloo and Dominique Bussereau have decided there will be 20 more flights to the most critical destinations./.

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