In the late afternoon of April 16, a charter flight from Dakar landed at the Spanish airport of El Altet with 108 passengers on board. About half of them were Spanish people, mainly from the provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Murcia, who had helped in the melon harvest in Senegal.
According to the Spanish Consul General in Dakar, Rodrigo Aguirre de Cárcer, the plane departed empty from Spain because of the restrictions imposed by the Senegalese government as a result of the pandemic. The plane was chartered by three Spanish cultivation companies from the regions of Murcia and Valencia.
In addition to the fifty Spaniards, the plane also carried people from Senegal with a residence permit in Spain and five people from other European countries, who were returning because of the uncertainty created by the spread of the coronavirus in Senegal or because of decisions from their employers.
Senegal, with 335 confirmed cases of coronavirus, two deaths and one person who was evacuated to France, but ultimately died, has kept its airspace closed since March 20 to limit the spread of the disease. Last Thursday, it was announced that the measure would be extended until May 31.