Qantas Set To Repatriate Australians From London, Delhi, And Johannesburg

  • Qantas Set To Repatriate Australians From London, Delhi, And Johannesburg

Qantas Set To Repatriate Australians From London, Delhi, And Johannesburg

Upon arrival, travelers must submit to a 14-day quarantine, most in an old mining camp outside Darwin.

One-way economy fares are $ 2,150 from London, $ 1,750 from Johannesburg, and $ 1,500 from New Delhi.

It's expected that will allow an additional 5000 Australians to return home in that time.

The first travellers will be Australians who have deemed to be vulnerable by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The first two flights will depart from London on October 22nd and Delhi on October 26th.

Mr Morrison says it will be on top of the current hotel quarantine arrangements and the recent increase in caps on worldwide arrivals.

Two more flights will follow from London on November 7th and 11th, while the subsequent Delhi departures are set for November 9th, 23rd, and 27th.

Details on flights from Johannesburg are still being finalised.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Qantas for comment. The returning passengers will initially be quarantined in Northern Territory as more space for quarantine facilities has become available with fewer domestic travellers needing to quarantine.

It is understood Mr Morrison had been planning to use the trans-Tasman travel bubble to encourage states to open up borders if possible, while special repatriation flights for thousands of vulnerable Australians stranded overseas was also on the agenda.

As there are around 29,000 Australians registered as wishing to return, this could take a while.

Qantas will charge Aussies for their tickets but 4,000 vulnerable Aussies will be given priority access. Meanwhile, Qantas says it is operating the flights on a cost-recovery basis.

"That means that we can work to try and get back to a new kind of normal for Australia", he said.

Like numerous state arrangements, quarantine at Howard Springs will cost returned Aussies $2500 for an individual or $5000 for a family of four.

"Are we being asked to pay $5,000 per family for a non-5 star accommodation in a remote part of Australia?" The destination of the Johannesburg flight is yet to be determined.

Whilst the Prime Minister confirmed today that the flights from United Kingdom for the new arrangement at Howard Springs will be operated by Qantas, there is no official word if the same would happen for Australians stuck in India.

"I'd like to thank not only the crew who are volunteering to operate on these services but the many people behind the scenes who make sure these flights happen, particularly to cities where we don't typically operate to".

Around 398,000 Australians have returned to Australia since 13 March when border restrictions were first imposed.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.