Qantas return flight
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.