By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Royal Air Philippines recently mounted a mercy flight to repatriate stranded Filipinos at Wuhan City in China, ground-zero of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Around 30 passengers and one infant were on board the flight together with six crew members and eight government officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Health (DOH).
Royal Air's very first Airbus A320 aircraft was utilized with a crew that volunteered to operate the rescue flight from Clark to Wuhan and back.The rescue flight departed Clark International Airport at about 10:24pm February 8 and arrived Wuhan three hours later. The return flight landed in Clark at around 6:58am local time February 9.
All passengers and crew disembarked in an isolated area away from the regular terminal where they boarded dedicated shuttle vans that will take them to the New Clark City for a 14-day quarantine.
Royal Air's Chief Executive Officer Eduardo C. Novillas said in Facebook post, "Yes! We did it! Royal Air Philippines team humbling experience of flying our "kababayan" from Wuhan, China to Clark, Philippines today February 9, 2020."
In the same post, Novillas also thanked the crew who volunteered for the flight, the team, and the government officials who took part of the rescue flight.