AirAsia repatriates OFWs from Indonesia on special flight


Posted at Apr 15 2020 11:37 AM

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Social distancing is observed in a special flight from Semarang, Indonesia to the Philippines during a repatriation effort to bring home overseas Filipino workers. Photo: AirAsia

MANILA - AirAsia said Wednesday it mounted a special flight to help repatriate over a hundred Filipino workers back to the Philippines from Semarang, Central Java in Indonesia last April 14.

Guests were required to bring a health certificate and were screened prior to departure, the airline said in a statement. Social distancing was observed for the seating arrangements, it said.

All guests and crew of the flight will undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival following health protocols, AirAsia said.

"The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta is thankful to AirAsia and all parties involved for the speedy repatriation to the Philippines of more than 100 Filipino workers in Central Java Province. Their families are surely grateful to have them back in the Philippines," Philippine ambassador in Jakarata Leehiong T. Wee said.

The aircraft was immediately disinfected after the flight, a precautionary measure practiced to limit the spread of COVID-19, the airline said.

OFWs who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic are entitled to cash aid, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier said.