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May 16, 2021

MAE: Second TAROM humanitarian flight brings 108 Romanians from Istanbul

The humanitarian flight operated by TAROM RO2264, bringing back to Romania the second group of Romanian citizens, namely 108 persons, who got stuck on the Ataturk Airport of Istanbul, landed in Bucharest on Sunday morning, at 4:10 local time, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed.

This humanitarian flight, the costs of which were supported from the MAE fund for emergency and crisis situations, repatriated the Romanian citizens who could not travel with other airlines, reads a MAE press release.

Another TAROM flight took off Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport on Saturday evening with 134 passengers aboard, including humanitarian cases and four Olympiad child contestants and their teacher; the five were actually headed for Hanoi, but were left stranded in the airport following the coup confusion, Tarom spokesperson Georgeta Dinu told Agerpres.

“We were the first non-Turkish airline to touch down at Ataturk, after last night’s events. Flight RO 264 took off recently from Ataturk Airport with 134 passengers on board, among whom a sick woman with her caregiver, a pregnant woman, four Olympiad contestants and their teacher, and two families with young children,” said Georgeta Dinu.

She explained that the humanitarian cases could board the flight because a group of a dozen passengers who had tickets did not show up.

The release brings to mind that, since the beginning of the situation in Turkey, the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s crisis cell has been activated in an emergency regime, which has managed the specific repatriation procedures, in cooperation with the relevant Romanian institutions.

“Approximately 2,300 phone calls were registered. All diplomatic missions and consular offices in the area, coordinated by the crisis cell, were involved in granting the necessary consular assistance and protection (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Sofia, Athens, Romania’s honorary consulate in Antalya). Moreover, MAE’s crisis cell structures are acting on a round-the-clock regime. At the same time, the mobile consular teams went to the airports of Istanbul (where they set up two especially dedicated information/meeting points) and Ankara, as well as at the border crossing points with the highest traffic between Turkey and Bulgaria, providing the necessary assistance,” the release reads.

The crisis cell continues to monitor the developments. For the proper granting of consular assistance and the operative takeover of the Romanian citizens’ requests, the MAE has put at the disposal of the interested citizens an additional phone line TelVerde 0800 800 407 (available only from Romania, free of charge), as well as the e-mail address: callcenter@mae.ro. The Romanian citizens who are in Turkey further have at their disposal the phone numbers: +90.312.44.77.920; +90 212 3583541; +90 212 3580516; +90 212 3583537, +90 232 4650579.

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