A photograph taken on March 25 reveals an empty road in Cannes, France. The jet’s passengers have been headed to the city however did not make it previous the airport in Marseille. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Photos
(CNN) — A gaggle of worldwide vacationers who flew from London to the south of France in a non-public jet have been turned away by French police after they landed.
French border police have been notified on April four by the Marseille Provence Airport that an English firm wished to fly a jet from London to Marseille, carrying 10 passengers of Croatian, French, German, Romanian and Ukrainian nationality.
The passengers, seven males between the ages of 40 and 50 and three ladies who have been “round 25,” have been heading to Cannes, an official with the Marseille Provence Air Border Police instructed CNN.
France is below a nationwide lockdown to forestall the unfold of coronavirus, and foreigners coming into French territory have to have a necessary purpose to take action below emergency guidelines, reminiscent of medical personnel coming as reinforcements for hospital workers, or people transporting medical gear.
The police knowledgeable the airport that everybody however the French nationals (two males and one girl) can be denied entry, however the flight nonetheless landed at round three p.m. native time on Saturday, the Air Border Police official stated.
Shortly earlier than the Embraer Legacy jet’s arrival, three helicopters from a luxurious firm from the area of Le Var had arrived on the airport, the official stated.
The journey was organized by a Croatian nationwide working in actual property and finance, the Air Border Police official stated, including that the person had rented the aircraft and three helicopters, in addition to a villa in Cannes.
He instructed authorities he had “some huge cash” and wished “to only pay a advantageous and go to Cannes,” the official instructed CNN.
The seven foreigners have been refused entry into France by the border police, and 9 passengers returned to London, together with the three French nationals, whereas a Ukrainian passenger rented a aircraft to Berlin, the official stated.
The encounter ended at round 7 p.m. native time, he added.
The Air Transport Gendarmerie issued a advantageous to the three helicopter pilots as a result of they have been touring with out a legitimate purpose, the official stated, as nonessential journeys inside France are usually not allowed amid the coronavirus restrictions.
The Border Police couldn’t cost the passengers or the airplane pilots as a result of they hadn’t but legally entered French territory, the Air Border Police official stated.