Tuesday, April 27, 2021

India flight ban will cancel eight repatriations

Eight repatriations from India have been cancelled after Australia announced it would pause all flights from the country until 15 May.

The move will be a huge blow to the more than 9,000 ex-pats in India who are registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as wanting to return – with 650 of those classed as vulnerable.

It comes as the country battles with a horrific second wave of COVID, which has seen more than 320,000 cases in the past 24 hours and overrun hospitals struggling to provide oxygen to patients. India’s total death toll is now nearing 200,000.

The ban will most notably affect two government-supplemented Qantas flights, QF112, due to depart from Chennai and Delhi to Darwin on 4 and 5 May. It will also affect commercial flights transiting through Doha, Singapore, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

27/04/21 Adam Thorn/Australian Aviation

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