Coronavirus: Saudia flight repatriates 187 Saudi citizens from United States
A Saudia Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Jeddah delivered 187 Saudi Arabian citizens back to the Kingdom, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
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The plane, which was repatriating citizens from the US, flew from Los Angeles to Jeddah and then to Riyadh and back, for a total of 17 hours flight time each way.
The flight is considered one of the longest international flights in the world.
Upon their arrival, the eight pilots and 35 flight attendants were greeted with a round of applause from airport staff, a video shared on Twitter showed.
لحظة الوصول ....... العودة لأرض الوطن pic.twitter.com/Y8HkJz8BFv— ABDULAZIZ As-SALEM (@ABDULAZIZALSAL5) April 18, 2020
Passengers will be quarantined for 14 days starting from their arrival date and will be tested to ensure they have not been infected with the virus.
Saudi Arabia began repatriating its citizens this month after King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued an order to return all stranded citizens back to the Kingdom after the deadly coronavirus shut airports and halted flights around the world.
The Kingdom has so far reported 8,274 and 92 fatalities.