Santo Domingo, RD.
Some 118 Dominicans who remained stranded in US territory returned as a result of the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dominicans arrived this Saturday from the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, on the first ferry flight organized by the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in that city.
The transfer was ordered by President Danilo Medina through Consul General Carlos Castillo, to facilitate the return of businessmen, students, passengers in transit, on flight # 8871 of Delta Airlines.
Upon arrival in the country, they were checked to determine if they had symptoms of the coronavirus.
The first survey of stranded passenger data in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, for a ferry flight, following the measure of the closure of the Dominican Republic’s air borders was carried out by the Consulate on March 20, and The call closed on the 21st of the same month.
The registration of interested people was done through the new WhatsApp messaging system of the Dominican Consulate, the “ChatBot” at + 1-914-826-8091, where they wrote “stranded” to be registered.
The first flight was scheduled for Friday, March 27, but the permit was revoked by the authorities of the Ministry of Public Health.
This was the first operation to be carried out on Dominicans stuck in New York, the vast majority of whom had a marked need to return to their nation, and who came from California, Seattle and Miami.