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Chartered flight brings home 239 Korean nationals from virus-hit Russia

All News 14:11 May 17, 2020

SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- A chartered South Korean flight Sunday brought home 239 Korean nationals from Russia where all international flights were grounded amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Korean Air flight, arranged by the South Korean Embassy in Russia, landed at Incheon International Airport earlier in the day after leaving Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. On the plane were Korean students, business travelers and families of Korean workers in Russia.

This marks the third flight South Korea has sent to Russia to bring back its nationals after Russia suspended all international flights on Mach 27 due to the pandemic.

This photo provided by the Korean Embassy in Russia shows Korean nationals preparing to board a chartered flight to South Korea on May 17, 2020, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Last month, South Korea operated two chartered flights to Russia to bring home Korean nationals stranded in the country.

Those who took the latest flight to Incheon included Koreans who came all the way from Siberia, and among the passengers were Korean spouses of Russian nationals as well as members of the Korean diaspora in Russia, according to the embassy.

The passengers were all cleared of fever before boarding the flight back home.

"As more Korean nationals in Russia could want to return home, (the embassy) plans to arrange more chartered flights, including on May 30 and mid-June (to bring more Koreans home)," an official at the Korean Embassy said.

This photo, provided by the Korean Embassy in Russia shows Korean nationals standing in line to board a chartered flight to South Korea on May 17, 2020 at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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