93 out of 143 stranded students have departed from the UK while the rest have received necessary assistance

2010-12-23 20:36

Source : Tourism Crisis Management Office

The Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) continues to assist 143 stranded Macau students, among which 93 have departed from the UK, while the rest have received necessary assistance to travel on other airlines or have made their own arrangements.


With assistance and coordination of GGCT, MGTO's UK representative and Cathay Pacific Airways, the second batch of 19 Macau students stranded in London boarded the second extra flight of Cathay Pacific, CX2252, which arrived Hong Kong International Airport this morning (Dec 23), and returned to Macau with the transportation arrangements provided by GGCT. The first batch of 58* stranded students has returned to Macau via Hong Kong last night (Dec 22).


16 other stranded students with Cathay Pacific tickets have departed the UK on other flights of the airline.


To date, 93 students have left the UK on Cathay Pacific Airways.


GGCT assisted another 12 stranded students holding tickets of different airlines today (Dec 23) to travel on the third additional flight of Cathay Pacific, CX8250,which is expected to depart London at 2:30pm local time on Dec 23 and will arrive Hong Kong around 10am on Dec 24.


According to GGCT's information, among the remaining 38 students who have registered with GGCT, including holders of tickets of Cathay Pacific and other airlines, 32 have already departed the UK or have rebooked other flights with the help of their airlines. 3 students will make their own travel arrangements while 3 have decided to stay in the UK.


GGCT expresses its gratitude to Cathay Pacific Airways for assisting in seats arrangements and TurboJet for ferry arrangements to bring home the students.


Regarding package tours, GGCT has maintained close contact with the travel trade for the latest updates of Macau residents who joined tours. Till now, 18 Macau residents, who joined different tour groups originated from Hong Kong, are assisted by the travel agencies.


GGCT has received 2 requests for assistance and 21 inquiries today (Dec 23), in addition to 17 requests for assistance and 61 inquiries received yesterday (Dec 22). Till 5pm today, there are a total of 127 requests for assistance and 127 inquiries in the course of the past few days from the beginning of the incident.


GGCT reminds Macau residents to contact the Hotline: (853)28333000 for assistance in case of emergency during their outbound trips.


* It was announced earlier as 50, but revised after confirmation


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