As Australia decreases the number of passengers it will allow into the country each week, confirmed tickets on commercial and repatriation flights to Australia are being canceled. Passenger lists on three scheduled Qantas repatriation flights into Brisbane are being halved. This includes a flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane this week.
New limits see airlines cull passenger lists
In addition to passengers getting booted off Qantas repatriation flights, flights offered by other airlines are also getting canceled. This follows the Australian Government almost halving the number of people allowed into Australia each week. Previously, approximately 6,000 passengers were given the green light to land in Australia every week. For the next month at least, that’s down to 3,000 as the government endeavors to keep out new, highly infectious strains of COVID-19.
The Sydney Morning Herald has published extracts from an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) email sent to a family booted off a repatriation flight this week from Los Angeles. Referencing the Australian Government decision, the email said;
“Unfortunately, this has resulted in a significant reduction of the passenger capacity on the government facilitated Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane on 13 January 2021, in line with new measures being implemented by the Australian Government.
“Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we have had to prioritize vulnerable Australians for this flight. We regret to inform you that we are no longer able to accommodate you and your family group on this flight.”
That family constituted two adults and two young