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February 25, 2021

Foreign Ministry arranges second TAROM humanitarian flight to repatriate Romanians from Istanbul

A second Tarom humanitarian flight for the repatriation of Romanian citizens from Istanbul is scheduled for the early hours of Sunday at 2:15 a.m, after Tarom-operated flight number RO264 takes off on Saturday at 18:35 hrs (local time) from Istanbul to Bucharest, taking maximum 131 people on board, informs a Foreign Ministry release.

The rest of the stranded passengers who cannot board this plane will be accommodated on Tarom humanitarian flight RO2264, which will take off at 02:15 (the time for which the Turkish local authorities were able to assure a flight corridor) carrying a maximum off 131 people.

Mobile teams of Romania’s Consulate General in Istanbul are at the Ataturk International Airport, offering Romanian citizens assistance together with Tarom Istanbul representatives.

Two assembly points were established for Romanian citizens within the airport precincts: at the check-in area near gate G17, and in the transit area – close to the central information office (near Cafe Nero and Old Bazaar store). About 200 people reported to these points so far.

According to the National Company Bucharest Airports, six flights to and from Istanbul have been canceled in the wake of a failed military coup in Turkey and a chaotic night that ended with at least 265 people dead.

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