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The German authorities have realized the largest repatriation process in its history amid the Coronavirus crisis, bringing home its citizens stranded abroad, and helping other countries get back their citizens.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 caught many German citizens aboard, outside the EU, in tourist and business trips, study exchanges, and other reasons. The reaction of German authorities has been immediate and has repatriated over 240 thousand of its citizens, bringing them back home, Germany-Visa.org reports.

The largest repatriation process in the history of the Federal Republic: People returned to Germany from all over the world. Most people are now safely back home. Our embassies continue helping those who have not yet been able to return,” German Foreign Office tweeted, presenting statistics on the repatriation mission.

According to the most recently published statistics, Germany has brought back over 240,000 passengers on flights of tour operations, commercial flights and flights chartered by the Federal Government.

The number of flights which were chartered by the Federal Government is 260, with over 2000 Federal Foreign Office staff involved in the repatriation process.

The number of repatriated third-country nationals on charter flights is about 3,800, and another other about 7,500 EU citizens have also been repatriated through the same charter flights.

Captain Holger Feldberg, a Lufthansa pilot for 35 years, piloted the very first repatriation flight to the Auckland airport at the end of March this year where many Germans were waiting for him to return home finally.

Only a few days after his flight to and from Auckland, Feldberg was back in action, flying German nationals back home from Lima, Peru.

The German Foreign Office, which has also repatriated German citizens from over 50 cruise ships aboard, claims that about 38,000 comments and messages were sent to its Social Media Team at the height of the repatriation process March 17 to April 24. Approximately five times as many as in the previous month.