390 French tourists come home on a second special flight [fr]
The French government organized a second special flight operated by Qatar Airways at a negotiated rate in order to bring home a significant number of French tourists who were stranded in the Philippines.
In the evening of April 1 and 2, 2020, 390 French citizens contacted by the Embassy, as well as 22 citizens of different European States, were able to return to France from Cebu and Manila.
Similar to the previous special flight organized last March 24 and 25, the Embassy of France renews its most sincere gratitude to the Filipino authorities, most especially the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Transportation, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, as well as the administrators of the Mactan Cebu International Airport and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, for their active and constant support in the organization of this flight and in the success of this operation.
The French Embassy also thanks Qatar Airways for having operated this second special flight with great efficiency in such short notice, within the context of extremely disrupted air traffic due to the global epidemic, COVID-19.
The two flights organized by the French government last March 24 and April 1 have allowed the return to France of 796 French nationals.