Seventy Spaniards repatriated after 'days of anguish' in Bali and Lithuania

REPATRIATED: Relieved to be back amid coronavirus crisis. Photo credit: Shutterstock

SEVENTY Spaniards arrived at Alicante Airport having been repatriated amid a coronavirus pandemic and an uncertain period in Lithuania, Bali and Australia.

The first 39 arrivals flew in from Bali, a 32-hour flight with Air Express which stopped off in Thailand, India, Russia and Lithuania.
A further group of 31 who had been studying in Lithuania, also touched down yesterday, having flown with Avion Express.
Among the passengers was the daughter of the former airport manager, Tomás Melgar, who is a medical student abroad, and a young waitress from La Nucia on the Costa Blanca who had been working in Australia.
On landing, a woman from Madrid could not hide her excitement to be home and told Efe, “at last, it has been a long journey but it is phenomenal,” after many days of “anguish” and “despair” trying to get a plane ticket.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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