Jack Quann
Jack Quann

14.34 25 Mar 2020


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Irish people stuck in Italy are to be repatriated to Ireland on Thursday.

More than 500 Italian citizens currently in Ireland are also to be returned home on two flights from Dublin to Rome.

Italian carrier Alitalia says it will operate the services.

The flight from Rome to Dublin will repatriate Irish people from Italy.

While flight AZ 241, which will depart from Rome's Fiumicino Airport at 4:55pm, will arrive in Dublin at 6:10pm local time.

Alitalia will operate the flight with an Airbus A330 aircraft.

This high-capacity aircraft is usually only operated on long haul routes.

Alitalia says tickets for the AZ 241 flight are available on its website.

The Government has advised against all non-essential travel in the State and overseas.

While Italy remains classified as a 'Do not travel' zone by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The department says it is trying to help over 2,000 citizens in 86 countries who are seeking assistance to return to Ireland.

Many are in small groups but the majority are in Australia - with a couple of hundred in New Zealand.

It adds: "We are in close ongoing contact with airlines and aviation companies and are exploring all options. There are still commercial flights, some of them multi-stop."

"We know this is very stressful for those abroad and their families here but we are leaving no stone unturned in trying to get people home."


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