Saturday, July 04, 2020

Hundreds of passengers left in lurch as Air India postpones repatriation flights to and from Australia

Rescheduling was on the cards for all flights slated to land in Melbourne after the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday announced that the state will not be accepting any international flights for the next two weeks as a result of the recent spike in COVID-19 infections.

“Out of a complete abundance of caution, I made a request to the prime minister to have flights that would have arrived here over the next two weeks be sent to other capital cities. I have thanked the premiers of the states where it's logical these flights will go principally NSW and Queensland for them playing that role,” said Mr Andrews.

When asked where those flights would land, the state government said in a statement to SBS Punjabi that “the state has no role in redirecting the flights.”

In line with the Victoria government's decision, the Australian High Commission wrote on Twitter that they have been advised that all flights from New Delhi landing in Melbourne as well as Sydney between July 4 and July 13 as part of the Indian government's Vande Bharat Mission have been postponed.

In a separate email to passengers booked on these six flights, most of whom are Australian citizens and residents, the High Commission wrote that along with Victoria, NSW government has also advised that they can no longer accept some flights due to “quarantine pressures.”
04/07/20 SBS Punjabi
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