Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison on Friday said that Australia will start operating repatriation flights from India starting from May 15.
The announcement comes as thousands of Australian citizens stranded in India after the country suspended all flights from India due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Pm further said that the travel from India will not be extended beyond May 15, and repatriation flights will begin again as soon as the ban finishes.
The Australian govt has decided to resume flights with one flight per 7 to 9 days. With this, nearly 1000 Australians will return home by the end of June. It is also said that Australians who are in the most vulnerable conditions will be given priority during this time.
Australia has already scheduled the first repatriation flight on May 15 from India to Darwin while two other flights will be scheduled from India to the Northern Territory during this month only.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had banned all the inbound and outbound flights from India to further protect his country from the pandemic.
Australia Defends Ban on Citizens Returning From Virus-Hit India Morrison said on Friday the ban has been necessary “to prevent a third wave of Covid-19 here in Australia, but also to ensure that we can put ourselves in a stronger position to bring Australian citizens, Australian residents, and their direct families home safely to Australia.”