Friday, October 16, 2020

5,000 Australians stranded in the UK, India and South Africa will be rescued on Qantas flights

Up to 5,000 Australians stranded in the UK, India and South Africa are set to be brought home with Qantas flights to Darwin under a federal government plan.

So far eight flights have been scheduled and the first two will depart London on 22 October and New Delhi on 26 October. Each flight will carry 175 passengers.

Most passengers will do their 14-day quarantine in the Northern Territory's Howard Springs facility at a cost of $2,500 each. 

The facility is expected to house 5,000 Aussies over the next six months. 

Qantas will charge Aussies for their tickets but 4,000 vulnerable Aussies will be given priority access.

'Qantas has the priority list of vulnerable passengers who are in the UK that get the first opportunity at those seats on those flights,' the Prime Minister said.

'Our High Commission there is contacting all of those individuals and giving them the opportunity, through Qantas, to be on those flights so they can return.' 

They will be offered interest-free loans or cash grants if they cannot pay, Mr Morrison said.  

16/10/20 Charlie Moore/Daily Mail

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