More Bruneian students return home

Lyna Mohamad

A special flight operated by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) from London, United Kingdom (UK) carrying over 160 passengers arrived at the Brunei International Airport last Sunday.

Unlike previous arrivals, the family members of the passengers, comprising mostly Bruneian students, were allowed to wait at the arrival hall to see the passengers make their way to the waiting buses that drove them to the self-isolation locations.

A mother who was eagerly waiting for her son’s return from the UK noted that only two family members were allowed to wait at the arrival hall and she along with her other son were at the airport an hour before the flight arrival.

She said the passengers were only allowed to walk out through the special lane set up at the arrival hall.

“We would like to express our Junjung Kasih to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the government for making it possible for Bruneians, especially the students to return home.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show passengers arriving at the airport; passengers ushered to the special lane; and family members waiting for the passengers. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

Her son was sent to Mulia Hotel along with a group of students as well as other Bruneians returning home and expatriates working in the country.

Another family member said the officers and hotel staff were kind and accommodating right from their arrival until everyone reached their rooms.

The officers briefed on the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) while they are on self-isolation such as not going out of their rooms and to observe the rules and regulations. Family members are allowed to send necessities daily from 7am to 9pm. The items will have to go through screening before being passed on to the guests.

Mulia Hotel Director of Operations Mohd Iswandy Maaruf noted that out of the 120 rooms offered to the Ministry of Health, 89 rooms were used for self-isolation with 68 guests are Bruneians studying in the UK, nine from the United States, seven from Kuala Lumpur, two from Miri and one each from Melbourne, Indonesia and Bangkok.