The close collaboration between the Spanish Embassies in the two countries and the respective Military Commands has allowed the use of the seats that were left on those flights and that were used by European travelers who were in those countries and had expressed their intention to return. to Spain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the case of Iraq, the stopping of a military flight in Baghdad was used to facilitate the return of 14 Spanish citizens and a German resident in Spain who traveled last night on that military plane back to the national territory to the Zaragoza Air Base. The 15 residents in Spain were divided into two different groups that were in Erbil and Baghdad, so they were approached to the place of departure of the plane bound for Spain by separate helicopters from the Spanish Army.
The joint work of the Spanish Embassy in Afghanistan together with the Spanish Military Command in the country has also allowed a military flight of Spanish troops in Afghanistan with 6 Germans, 1 Swiss and 3 French (one of them is a double national) to leave Kabul ). That flight made a stop in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), where he picked up a group of 8 Spanish tourists to follow the route to the Madrid military base in Torrejón de Ardoz, where they arrived yesterday.
On the other hand, Spain returned yesterday to resort to European Civil Protection Mechanism to facilitate a flight from Algiers to Madrid in which 124 tourists traveled, of whom 80 were Spanish. The rest of the passage consisted of the 16 European travelers (four Italians, three Swedes, two British, two Romanians, two Portuguese, one Norwegian, one Danish and one French) and 28 non-EU foreigners residing in Spain.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation maintains 4,500 officials deployed distributed by the 215 Embassies and Consulates of Spain that permanently attend to the Spanish who during these days try to return.