Wednesday, April 29, 2020

39 stranded Australians take long flight back home

Kolkata: For the 139 Australians, who took off in an aircraft from Kolkata airport at 3.05pm on Tuesday, the journey home was insanely circuitous and excruciatingly long. But no one was complaining. After being stranded in Kolkata and other towns and cities in eastern India for over a month, they were glad to get on any plane that took them home.
The route though was crazy. Instead of flying 9,133km to the east, the plane first flew 3,742km to the west to reach Doha. On Wednesday, the flyers will board a flght that will fly east-ward and retrace 3,742km, fly over Kolkata, continue to fly another 9,133 km, and finally reach Sydney.
“Had the passengers flown directly from Kolkata to Sydney or Melbourne, they would have reached in 10 hours and 45 minutes. But now, after 9 hours of flight time, they will be over Kolkata again with nearly 11 hours of flight time still left,” said an aviation industry official. The passengers will land in Melbourne and Sydney around 9pm local time on Wednesday.
Even thereafter, they will not be able to return to their homes. The flyers will have to enter a mandatory 14-day isolation in a hotel, supervised by the police and Australian Defence Force.
29/04/20 Times of India
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