British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that his Executive would go ahead with his plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda after the agreement reached with the African country, despite the legal challenges that the measure has faced, one of the most controversial decisions of the ‘premier’ in recent years. The first flight with aspiring refugees to the African country is scheduled to take off this Tuesday, less than a week before World Refugee Day (June 20).
The airline that will operate this flight is Privilege Style, a Spanish company based in Palma de Mallorca specializing in charter flights and that on other occasions deals with transfer the players of Barcelona Football Club, Real Madrid or the Spanish Football Teamamong others.
The decision to send asylum seekers and intern them in detention centers until the British authorities resolve their requests This is one of the star measures of the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, known for her anti-immigration speech and also for being the daughter of immigrants.
Prime Minister Johnson announced an initial item of 120 million pounds (about 140 million euros) to launch these flights, but did not specify how much money Privilege Style will receive. The British Civil Aviation Authority indicates that the Spanish airline’s Boeing 767 plane will take off at 9:30 p.m. from Stansted airport, north of London, and will land at 6:20 a.m. the next day in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
Privilege Style is one of the main charter airlines in Spain and is owned by the Galician businessman José Manuel Álvarez Díaz. This airline has the Balearic Government among its regular clients, which in 2020 awarded it more than one million euros without public tender, by negotiated procedure without publicity, for the “transport of COVID material acquired in China”.