A total of 210 more stranded Ghanaians in the USA were flown back home on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight (ET 8509 ) transporting the Ghanaian citizens departed Newark, New Jersey at 5: 25pm on July 29 and safely touched down at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra at 08: 45am local time on Thursday.
This is the third in-bound repatriation flight arranged by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration with support from US authorities and handled by Ethiopian Airlines.
The returning citizens are expected to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine at any of the five designated hotels–Alisa Hotel, Korkdam Hotel, Maxlot Hotel, Alma Hotel and Bellair Crest.
Ethiopian was chosen to operate this flight given the airlines capabilities, fleet and key role it has played in the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana.
Ghana’s land, sea, and air borders have been closed since March, as part of a raft of measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any repatriation flight, in-bound or outbound, requires special permission from government.