Saturday, June 06, 2020

‘I have exemption to travel, but Mumbai airport has no flights to Australia,’ says husband of pregnant wife

Since May, 26 special flights have been operated from India to bring back Australian citizens and residents, out of which 17 have flown out of India’s capital city, New Delhi.

Over 6,000 people have been able to travel from India to Australia, the Australian High Commission in India tweeted on June 6. Most of these passengers had boarded flights from New Delhi.
These statistics are becoming a growing concern amongst people who are stuck in other parts of the country, especially in the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Out of 24, Mumbai has seen off only three repatriation flights to Australia, in addition to three from Chennai and one from Kolkata. Two more are scheduled to fly out of Chennai in the coming days.

A group getting increasingly visible on Indian social is ‘Mumbai to Australia’. It comprises nearly 400 members, mostly Australian citizens and residents, waiting to fly out of Mumbail.

Despite being one of the busiest airports in the world, it has not seen many flights take off for Australia during the COVID-19 rescue operation being conducted by the Australian government.
06/06/20 Ruchika Talwar/SBS Punjabi
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