Australian tourists express gratitude for helpful airlift to Lima

The Huaraz Telegraph has been contacted the past week by many people who are wondering what the situation in Huaraz is and if Huaraz can be visited in the near future. We also received a frank message from Michael Gregory and Susanne Heuberger, who wanted to express their gratitude to the Nacional Police for their assistance and kindness in airlifting them out of Huaraz on Monday the 21th of March, together with many other tourists.

Australians Susanne Heuberger and Michael Gregory had arrived by bus from Huánuco via La Union three days earlier at 9.00pm. On Sunday they registered with i-Perú for a possible airlift and that same day at midnight the couple was woken by the receptionist of the Churup Hotel advising them that at 5.30am next morning, a taxi would take the Aussies to the local airport. The couple informed us that they arrived around 6.00am at the Aeropuerto Comandante FAP Germán Arias Graziani in Anta, approximately 40 km from Huaraz.

Although they had to wait over five hours before take off, the special police plane left the Anta airport at around 11.30am, arriving at Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez Airport at 12.30pm. There were approximately 40 other tourists and eight policemen on board.  The Australian couple believes that they might have been selected to be flown out as they are a bit older and said to be lucky that the hostel receptionist was awake to take the call. However, there were also young tourists on the plane, who appear not to have had any urgent international flights to catch.

Photo of Mike, Aaron and Susanne, the lucky ones

¨We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the police for their assistance and kindness in airlifting us out of Huaraz on Monday 21 March 2017, together with other tourists. We understand the situation is still bad due to the weather conditions. We were fortunate to be on the evacuees’ list and we hope that the remaining tourists are offered the same support as we received,¨ according to the Aussies.

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