Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Covid-19 News RSS ← Back

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Sponsored by


Article Enquiry

South African airline announces successful repatriation of South Africans from Middle East


Embed Video

South African airline announces successful repatriation of South Africans from Middle East

9th July 2020

By: Rebecca Campbell
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


Font size: -+

South African private-sector airline company CemAir has announced the successful conclusion of a repatriation flight which it had operated, bringing South Africans home from Middle Eastern and African countries. The flight, using a CRJ900 90-seat jet airliner (usually employed for regional operations) landed at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday, carrying 80 South Africans.

The repatriated South Africans were brought back from Uganda, Jordan and Iraq. They had been stranded abroad for almost four months. Some of them had been suffering from increasingly straitened circumstances, having to share accommodation or even having to rely on charity, the airline reported.


The CRJ900 left South Africa on Monday. It made stops (to disembark and embark passengers, make crew changes, and for operational reasons) at Entebbe in Uganda, Khartoum in Sudan, Amman in Jordan and Erbil and Basra in Iraq. It returned to South Africa with stops at Djibouti and Entebbe.

“Thank you to the flight crew, cabin crew, flight operations and ground crew for your professional and efficient conduct,” highlighted the company. CemAir also thanked the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) and the Department of Transport for helping in arranging and supporting the flight. 


The airline further thanked specific government officials by name. These were Andries NtjaneOwen Rikhotso and Felix Gosher (apparently from the Department of Transport) and, from Dirco, South African Ambassador to Jordan Ebrahim Saley, an Ambassador Naidoo (no first name given) and South African High Commission in Uganda official Rudi Conley.

The repatriated passengers will now be quarantined for 14 days. CemAir has now carried out repatriation flights to and from 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East. These missions have brought home more than 1 000 South Africans.


To subscribe email or click here
To advertise email or click here

Comment Guidelines

About is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now