Ghanaian airline, Africa World Airlines (AW) on 21 July performed ground-breaking repatriation flights for Brazilians stuck in West Africa.
The repatriation mission became a reality after weeks of work and preparations among the Brazilian Embassies in Accra-Ghana and several countries in the West African block.
Brazilian Officials in Accra said: “Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repatriated 130 Brazilian nationals stranded in 7 countries across West Africa. Embassies and consulates worked together to arrange transportation for Brazilians unable to return home because of travel restrictions resulting from the global pandemic.”
Africa World Airlines (AWA) dispatched its Embraer ERJ145 fleet to The Gambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast to ferry Brazilians to Accra. Once in Accra the passengers connected a special charter to the coastal city of Recife and then to Campinas in Brazil aboard Azul Airlines.
Sean Mendis Africa World Airlines, Chief Operations Officer said, “AWA is honoured to have had the opportunity to assist the Brazilian Embassy in Ghana to coordinate the repatriation of Brazilian citizens throughout West Africa. Despite the challenges of such a complex logistical operation, we are very proud that our team was able to ensure that our Brazilian brothers and sisters returned to their homeland safely.”
All flights were performed under high health protocols by AWA under what is termed “Level 4” safety protocols which included full body PPE gear for all crew members. A total of 130 passengers were uplifted by AWA from 7 West African countries to Accra.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer added, “On July 21, Brazilian nationals in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, and Senegal travelled by land and air to Accra. Many of the evacuees flew on Africa World Airlines ERJ145s to Accra where they connected to a special Azul Airlines charter flight to Campinas.”
AWA operates an all Embraer fleet of 8 ERJ145s across nine destinations in West Africa. The Ghanaian carrier was among the first African airlines to resume operations when lockdown regulations were eased in the West African country. AWA resumed operations under new health protocols that have now been benchmarked across the continent.
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