Qan­tas re­turn flight

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HUN­DREDS of Aus­tralians who were evac­u­ated by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment from Wuhan in China have now been trans­ported to Christ­mas Is­land via a spe­cial Qan­tas char­tered flight.

The evacuees were ini­tially flown out of China af­ter be­com­ing stranded in the epi­cen­tre of the coro­n­avirus out­break in the coun­try, how­ever, due to 747 air­craft not be­ing able to land at the small Christ­mas Is­land airstrip, the evacuees were forced to land at an air force base in Lear­month, WA on Mon, be­fore be­ing flown to Christ­mas Is­land to­day.

Qan­tas Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Alan Joyce said the car­rier had un­der­taken strin­gent health stan­dards to mit­i­gate the risk of in­fec­tion on the spe­cial flights.

“All those on board would wear masks and other pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, and in­ter­ac­tions be­tween staff and pas­sen­gers would be min­i­mal,” he said.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is now work­ing with Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties on a pos­si­ble sec­ond as­sisted de­par­ture flight for Aus­tralians seek­ing to leave the af­fected Wuhan re­gion.

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