MOSCOW, September 23. /TASS/. The final flight under the program aimed at evacuating Russian nationals from abroad will fly from Cyprus' Larnaca to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Friday, September 25, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday.
"Summarizing the work done over the past half a year and evaluating the implementation of assigned tasks, the operations center for prevention of transmission and spread of novel coronavirus infection has decided to terminate the program of repatriation flights starting on September 21. The final flight under the current repatriation algorithm will be from Larnaca to Moscow. It is scheduled to arrive at Domodedovo Airport on September 25," she said.
The diplomat was hopeful that the repatriation program would go down in history as an unprecedented and one-time event.
According to Zakharova, 312,000 people have seized the chance to return home amid the pandemic. Since April 7, Russian air carriers alone operated over 570 repatriation flights. The flights were made from more than 70 countries and more than a hundred departure points.
At the briefing, photos of some Russians who had come back on repatriation flights were shown on the screen.