The consul, Pedro Sassone, explained that this first repatriation flight in the midst of the health emergency by COVID-19 has sought to prioritize people with social vulnerability.
“Families with children, people with a disease , the elderly, disabled and in a social emergency,” make up this first group of returnees, confirmed Sassone.
Planning by regions in Venezuela has been followed by the Consulate attached to the Caracas regime, and thus this flight will make the Quito-Bartisimeto route , and it is expected that two other similar ones will transport more Venezuelans from Guayaquil throughout the week. Another one from Quito and an additional one from the north of the country are also managed.
Today is flight number 37 that leaves Ecuador with Venezuelans who want to return to their country within the framework of the “Return to the Fatherland” program carried out by the Maduro Executive to transfer free of charge to nationals from different countries in South America .
The health emergency due to COVID-19 has aggravated the situation of many Venezuelan migrants, 5,000 of whom have enrolled in an official registry opened last Monday by the Consulate in Quito to opt for these flights, the consul revealed.
Until February of this year, Maduro operated 99 flights under the Vuelta a la Patria initiative, in which 18,000 people have traveled to his country across the continent .