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Case Study

Researchers Evacuated From Bangui to USA During COVID-19 Pandemic

International SOS chartered a flight for four researchers from Cornell University from Bangui, Central African Republic to the United States after commercial flights were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Overview

International SOS chartered a flight for four researchers from Cornell University from Bangui, Central African Republic to the United States. Commercial flights were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Problem

Four researchers were stuck in Central African Republic after the government closed the borders. Commercial flights were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Solution

Our client called International SOS for assistance with charter flight options out of Central African Republic. We used our regional knowledge to identify where the researchers could travel via charter flight to then get more economical commercial flights back to the United States. Our Johannesburg Assistance Centre chartered a plane to Bangui. This is where the researchers were able to take onward commercial flights back to the US. 

Impact

We identified the most efficient and economical way to securely evacuate the researchers from the Central African Republic and return them safely to their families in the US.