Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Washington Dulles International Airport announced this week that they have processed over 14,000 COVID-19 evacuees at the Dulles International Airport since March 20th, 2020.
The flights, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and flown by commercial and charter airlines, arrive nearly every day at Dulles airport filled with U.S. citizens and permanent residents who were stranded overseas due to the pandemic. In total, 60 flights will have landed and transported 14,365 evacuees back into the United States during the past 25 days. According to the release, CBP worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify evacuees who were arriving from countries subjected to Presidential proclamation in the event an enhanced health screening was required.
“These evacuation flights remain a monumental task involving a lot of moving parts working in unison to get these people home,” said Javier Cortes, CBP’s Acting Area Port Director for the Area Port of Washington D.C. “I’m proud of our Customs and Border Protection officers, the airport and charter airlines, and other Federal partners for their work – as always, they stepped up when there was a real need.”
According to the release, the evacuees arrived on 60 flights from across the globe. Flights averaged about 239 passengers. CDC and health professionals were on site to conduct enhanced health screenings for those subjected to an advanced screening. After the passengers completed their arrivals inspections, airlines arranged for domestic flights to carry them the rest of the way to their final destinations.
The following is an evacuee breakdown by continent since March 20th, 2020:
- 26 flights from Africa with 6,667 passengers;
- 13 flights from South America with 3,398 passengers;
- 11 flights from Europe with 1,708 passengers;
- 10 flights from Asia with 2,592 passengers;
- the most flights, 12, arrived from Peru evacuating 3,156 passengers.
When countries started shutting down their infrastructure’s planes, railroads, boats etc. it stranded many U.S. citizens overseas. Citizens returning home from vacations or business trips were stranded in other countries across the world when the COVID-19 quarantines and shutdowns began. Since Jan. 29th over 50,000 U.S. citizens have been brought back home from 90 countries and over 490 flights from around the globe.
Freight Broker Live’s Ryan Mackwood contributed to this reporting.