Sunday, December 06, 2020

118 Australian citizens landed in the state on a mercy flight from Delhi, India

A special QANTAS 787 Dreamliner landed at Hobart International Airport shortly before 10am on Sunday morning, the first repatriation flight arriving into the state from India.

According to a Hobart Airport spokesperson, it was the first international commercial passenger non-charter flight to land in the state since 1998.

The flight carried 118 Australian citizens returning back home, with passengers taken directly from the tarmac to shuttle busses, transporting them to immigration.

Tasmania Police Inspector Brian Edmonds said the process ran smoothly.

"The operation went smoothly at the airport thanks to the cooperation by many of our partner agencies, led by the Australian Border Force and AFP at the airport," Inspector Edmonds said.

"Our health screeners and colleagues from Biosecurity and the Department of Agriculture assisted with processing through the immigration checks... and we were able to load the passengers onto buses at the airport and they were moved to the Best Western Hotel in Hobart [for quarantine]."

Inspector Edmonds said the flight length was just over 12 hours, with passengers in "good spirits" when they landed.

"Very pleased to be on Australian soil," he said.

"It's very good to be involved in an operation that has national significance, we have been bringing people back that are vulnerable.

"They are Australian citizens that have been caught out overseas, and to be able to help our fellow Australians really brings a sense of pride to all of our organisations involved in this multi-agency operation."

06/12/20 Ebony Abblitt/Examiner

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