Thousands of desperate Australians stranded overseas to be flown home on Qantas mercy flights - Daily Mail

Thousands of desperate Australians stranded overseas will soon be able to return home as Qantas offers ‘mercy flights’ amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Around 16,000 Australians recently flew abroad despite the COVID-19 outbreak
  • This is despite the government announcing its ‘do not travel’ policy on March 18
  • It is now subsidising flights from four major cities to bring Australians home 
  • ‘Mercy flights’ will leave from Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and Auckland

Australians stranded abroad and desperate to get home during the coronavirus pandemic are being offered seats on ‘mercy flights’ with Qantas and Virgin.

Thousands of citizens are understood to be stranded overseas, but four international routes are now being subsidised by the federal government. 

Both airlines previously stood down thousands of staff and stopped all international flights.

But repatriation flights will now run between Australia and Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and Auckland to help stranded Australians get home.  

It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted he was ‘frustrated’ by the 16,000 citizens who chose to travel abroad in recent weeks – despite being told by the government not to do so.

Passengers are seen exiting Brisbane airport (pictured) and put onto buses on Thursday where they were taken to hotels in the CBD to start their COVID-19 quarantine