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All but one on private jets were medical cases, says ministry

All but one of the passengers who repatriated to Cyprus in private jets were patients who were being transferred from hospitals abroad, the permanent secretary of the Transport Ministry Stavros Michael told CNA on Thursday.

He was replying to questions on a Phieleftheros article that private jets were being chartered at a cost of some €30,000 by people trying to make it home after commercial flights were prohibited.

Michael said that all the special flights were to transfer people who had been operated on or treated in hospitals abroad.

There was only one non-medical case, where the individual had secured the necessary certification. The Foreign and Health Ministries permitted the arrival and the individual was quarantined for 14 days in line with rules in state facilities.

He said there were no other requests for private jets.

All flights must secure permission from the Health and Foreign Ministries before authorisation is given by the Transport Ministry, he concluded.

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