A repatriation flight departed Nepal last week carrying nearly 100 EU nationals who were stuck in the South Asian country due to a Covid-19 lockdown. The Iberia plane left for Madrid with 99 passengers, mainly tourists who were hiking in the Himalayas, according to Raj Kumar Chhetri, spokesperson for Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
The plane had arrived in Kathmandu a day earlier carrying much-needed medical aid provided by the European Union, including oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and rapid antigen tests. “There were 88 Europeans, mainly from Spain, and 11 Nepalis,” Chhetri said. With this, nearly 500 of an estimated 2,000 tourists stranded in Nepal have been repatriated since the country largely suspended international flights on May 6, according to Dhananjay Regmi, chief executive officer of Nepal Tourism Board.
Efforts are under way to repatriate others still in Nepal, Regmi said.
Hundreds of climbers remain on the mountains, including Mount Everest, waiting for good weather for the final ascent.
Source: Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar