Over 7,500 people have been repatriated to Cyprus over the last two months, Foreign Ministry spokesman Demetris Samuel said Monday, when three more rescue flights were expected to fly in.
Samuel tweeted that a flight from Frankfurt that landed in Larnaca airport in the early hours of Monday raised the total number of Cyprus nationals and legal residents of the island that have so far been repatriated amid the coronavirus outbreak to over 7,500.
Two more flights, one from Tbilisi, Georgia, and another from Amman, Jordan, landed at Larnaca airport on Monday morning.
Last Saturday, another repatriation flight took off from Domodedovo airport, Moscow, bringing back 122 Cypriots and other legal residents of the Republic of Cyprus.
According to the Cyprus Embassy in Russia, a total of 264 Cyprus nationals who were stranded in Russia have so far been repatriated to the island.
With the ongoing flight ban expected to remain in effect until around mid-June as the island shut down airports in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, Cyprus authorities have chartered dozens of rescue flights to bring back Cyprus nationals and legal residents that were left stranded abroad.
In early May, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said that Cyprus was receiving some 200-300 repatriated persons on a daily basis, and stressed that repatriations will continue for as long as the flight ban is in effect.