A joint humanitarian and medical mission took off today on a China Airlines charter flight to Taiwan.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam, or TECO, partnered with GovGuam to make the mission happen.
With this chartered flight to Taiwan, assistance will be provided to about 50 passengers. The passengers include Guam residents who are unable to seek off-island medical treatment because of the COVID crisis and canceled direct flights.
Additionally, the flight includes Taiwan citizens who were working in Guam and Saipan and have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to return to their homeland in Taiwan.
A send-off program was held Monday afternoon at the airport. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and TECO Director-General Paul Chen led the ceremonies.
Latisha Ann Leon Guerrero — one of the Guam residents seeking medical assistance in Taiwan — also spoke during the event.
Taiwan officials said that before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 30,000 people from Taiwan travel to Guam each year, making Taiwan Guam’s third-largest source of tourists. And in recent years, increasing numbers of people from Guam have traveled to Taiwan for medical treatment.