Repatriation flight to take Germans in Samoa home
A flight repatriating German and other European citizens will depart Faleolo Airport on Sunday morning.
A spokesman at the German Consul’s Office in Samoa, Stefan Szegedi, told the Samoa Observer a total of four different nationals will be on the flight.
“A Talofa Airways plane will take nine passengers [consisting] of five Germans, one Samoan, two Spanish, and one Italian on Sunday,” he said.
Mr. Szegedi added that the flight is organised by the German Government. The flight, bound for the Cook Islands, is the first leg in a repatriation effort that will eventually reach Germany via Qatar.
“We have been planning and organising for close to three weeks in order to get the German citizens that are stranded to return home,” he said.
“We also made an exception to some Europeans who wish to be on the flight because the other Germans who are in the country have decided to remain until everything is cleared.
“The flight will leave Samoa for Niue to refuel and then go to Cook Islands where the passengers will be combined with other Germans and Europeans waiting to be repatriated.”
One of the German citizens who will be leaving on the repatriation flight, Carlo Vreden, thanked the German Government for taking the trouble in the middle of a global pandemic.
“Originally [I] came to [Samoa to] have a look around for a research project and I was only going to stay for a few weeks just to meet people and come back later in the year but my three weeks visit turned to six weeks,” she said.
Ms. Vreden added that this was her first trip to Samoa and was impressed by the culture and people.
“I was travelling by myself and so my whole trip became a holiday,” she said.
“It is exciting to go home but I have been saying to people that this is probably one of the nicest places to be stuck in.
“When I realised it was getting harder and harder to get out, I started looking at flights and booking them but it kept getting canceled and then at some point there were absolutely no flights anymore.”
She said that her family members are waiting for her arrival and are all excited she’s returning.
“There are other Germans waiting to be repatriated from Cook Islands and together we are all going to Australia and from there we are going on a flight via Qatar to Germany,” she said.
“The German Government has gotten over 200,000 people worldwide home but here especially because there are not many of us here but the fact that they still got people out is amazing.”