First repatriation flight from Tenerife to Senegal since 2018 is cancelled
The Ministry of the Interior has suspended the first repatriation flight to Senegal of immigrants arriving in boats to the Canary Islands since 2018, after it was due to take off from Tenerife North airport last night according to news agency Efe.
The flight, which departed from Madrid to come to Tenerife to pick up its passengers, had originally been scheduled to land at 8:35pm yesterday at Los Rodeos airport, where the Senegalese citizens to be returned to their country and the policemen who were accompanying them were to be embarked, before taking off towards Dakar at 9:35pm.
The sources involved in the supervision of the flight that consulted Efe, do not know the reasons for the decision to cancel it, or whether or not the outbreak of Covid-19 suffered earlier in February at the Internment Centre for Foreigners of Tenerife, which forced Senegalese citizens to quarantine with orders obliging them to return to their country.
As of now there is still no explanation or updated date as to when this first flight will take place, and the Senegalese immigrants involved have returned to their temporary accommodation.