In March 2020, Algeria, in the grip of the health crisis, decided to close its borders, thus blocking around 25,000 nationals abroad.
After long months of silence and uncertainty, during which the forced exiles had expressed their discontent, a repatriation program was finally put in place by the Algerian government last December. This was to last until January 31.
But in a twist, the Algerian national airline, Air Algérie, has suspended the repatriation program for Algerian nationals since January 10. In France, only the daily one-way connection from Paris-Orly airport to Algiers will be maintained. “The other air links with other French metropolises will be suspended until further notice”, according to information from the Algerian Part newspaper.
The Algerian Consulate General in Lyon kept passengers informed through a press release made public this Saturday. However, no details on the reasons for this judgment. “They don’t explain the reasons to us, they just give us orders”, entrusted an Air Algeria executive to Jeune Afrique.
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