More charter flights to pick up Chinese stranded overseas: CAAC
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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has operated 543 charter flights for passengers and cargo, and transported 134 foreign aid medics, joint working group members, and more than 9,000 tons of anti-epidemic materials as of April 13.

Destinations covered 60 countries around the world, including the United States, the UK, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Italy, Japan, and South Korea.

From March 4 to April 12, the CAAC arranged 16 charter flights to bring back home 2,744 Chinese nationals stranded in Iran, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain, including 1,449 overseas students. The CAAC will continue to arrange similar flights in the next weeks.

To assist in the prevention and control of the pandemic and ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Africa, Air China will charter one flight to transport a medical team from the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Another flight will transport 12 medics from the northern coastal city of Tianjin to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.