Australia Coronavirus repatriation flight from India lands at Darwin Airport

03:41  27 october  2020
03:41  27 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Their flight touched down at Darwin 's RAAF base shortly before midday local time, with evacuees to be sent to an unused workers' camp on the There were also eight students from the Pacific Islands who were allowed to board the flight and land in Darwin on humanitarian grounds, Border Force said.

More than 300 Indians stranded by the coronavirus lockdown have arrived home on flights from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Passengers arrived in Kerala state on two flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and went into quarantine. India suspended all international travel in March before it

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: A special repatriation flight carrying 183 Australians who had been stranded in India has landed in Darwin. (ABC News: Ashleigh Abram) © Provided by ABC NEWS A special repatriation flight carrying 183 Australians who had been stranded in India has landed in Darwin. (ABC News: Ashleigh Abram)

A special repatriation flight carrying 183 Australians who had been stranded in India has landed in Darwin, where they will begin a two week quarantine process in the Northern Territory.

The flight, QF112, is the second of eight special Qantas flights, chartered to repatriate Australians from South Africa, Europe and India.

The plane was scheduled to land at 8:20am AEST but touched down on Australian soil at 9:51am — its passenger list including 62 children, 18 of whom were under 2.

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All 183 passengers will be transferred directly from a RAAF part of the airport to the Howard Springs quarantine facility, where they will undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

On Friday, a repatriation flight with 161 Australians, including 22 children, touched down in Darwin from the United Kingdom.

These passengers are already in quarantine in Howard Springs, and to date none of the 161 travellers have tested positive to COVID-19.

The NT Government will provide an invoice to all repatriating Australians, on behalf of the Commonwealth, charging people for their stay at the quarantine facility.

Individuals will be billed $2,500 and families $5,000 and anyone found breaching quarantine regulations also may be issued a fine.

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Dozens of repatriation flights for Indian citizens will leave the UAE over the next month. On Tuesday, India 's Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the flight schedule for national airlines that will run from August 1 to August 29. Air India will operate 22 flights from airports in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Indian citizens queue at Kuwait International Airport before boarding a repatriation flight to India . Indian nationals board a bus that will take them to a quarantine hotel after landing from London into Stranded Indian passengers who arrived by an Air India flight from Singapore wait to come out of

Travellers are not allowed to bring alcohol onto the site and recreational items such as inflatable swimming pools, bikes, and scooters are also banned.

Quarantines need to keep a distance of 1.5m from all people — except their spouse or child — at the facility and need to wear a mask if they leave their allocated room.

Repatriated residents can use a small balcony outside their rooms, but are not allowed to leave the space and walk around the facility.

There are six more repatriation flights into Darwin expected in coming weeks, from the UK, India and South Africa, with priority seating given to vulnerable passengers.

The eight flights are set to bring 1,300 Australians home, but more than 30,000 Australians who want to return home are still thought to be stuck overseas.

On Friday, Federal Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne told ABC Local Radio Darwin the Federal Government was still working through whether it would consider rolling out more special flights after the initial eight.

"India has been a particularly difficult challenge for many Australians, there haven't been any commercial flights from India since March except for a number of repatriation flights," she said.

"But it's very important for those families who are seeing those loved ones return."

To date, 34 people have tested positive to COVID-19 in the Northern Territory, but all have now recovered.

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