Spain has ended the Afghan evacuation mission with the arrival early this Friday in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) of two planes from Kabul in which the last 81 Spaniards who remained in Afghanistan were traveling , including military personnel and personnel from the embassy.
The arrival of these two flights to the Torrejón de Ardoz air base (Madrid) is scheduled for around 4:45 p.m. this Friday. Arrival of a plane with evacuees from Kabul to the Torrejón de Ardoz air base
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has confirmed the end of the mission and has expressed his gratitude to all the Spanish personnel who have collaborated in the complex evacuation process. Sánchez emphasizes that Spain “has remained in Afghanistan until the last minute” to make this mission possible.
The 20 national police officers who were deployed in Kabul also travel aboard these last two flights: thirteen from the Special Operations Groups (GEO) and seven from the Police Intervention Units (IPU).
In total, since the evacuation operation began after the Taliban came to power on August 14, the Spanish Armed Forces have evacuated 1,900 Afghan aid workers and their families, from Spain and other countries, such as the United States or Portugal, from the European Union, the UN, NATO and the staff of the Spanish embassy in Kabul, the Government has informed.
According to the government statement, the first A400M aircraft landed in Dubai at 06:45 and the second at 07:20. In these last A400M flights from Kabul to Dubai, 81 Spaniards who were still in Afghanistan have traveled, including embassy personnel and soldiers from the Army and Air Force, 4 Portuguese soldiers and 85 Afghan collaborators from Spain, Portugal and of NATO.
From there, later, on an Air Europa flight, they will arrive at the Torrejón Base at around 4:45 p.m. On that flight, the personnel dependent on the Embassy, the non-flight military personnel and the rest of the Afghan aid workers will come.
The crews of the aircraft, that is, the personnel of the Air Force Wing-31, and probably some of the Air Takeoff Support Squadron (EADA), will rest one day in Dubai and return to Zaragoza on Sunday 29 in the three aircraft. A400M deployed by the Armed Forces in the evacuation operation.
In total, there have been 17 A400M rotations (Dubai-Kabul-Dubai), 10 Air Europa flights (Dubai-Torrejón) and a first A400M flight (Dubai-Torrejón, since the start of the evacuation operation from people from Afghanistan.