The federal government will schedule 20 more international flights to repatriate stranded Australians.
Acting Secretary of State Simon Birmingham said flights from “priority areas” around the world would be operated by the Commonwealth for the next few months.
Travelers will be taken to the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory as well as locations in Canberra and Tasmania.
Following the announcement of flights, the decision of the National Cabinet to significantly reduce the cap on international arrivals by commercial aircraft until mid-February has been followed.
Mr Birmingham said the additional repatriation flights were “up and down” the existing caps on the return of international travelers.
“The power that the emirate was able to use within the cap will be allocated to other airlines, ensuring that there are still as many tickets in Australia after the emirate’s decision as there were before.”
“There are more careers here or elsewhere that will be able to bring Australians back to the country using the seats they were previously able to fill.”
The news came after the big airline Emirates abruptly suspended flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and indefinitely.
Mr Birmingham said the absence of the emirate would not hamper the availability of aircraft.
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