COVID-19: Sydney limits international arrivals to 450 per day, and 50 per flight
The Australian government at the request of the New South Wales state government has limited international arrivals into Sydney Airport to 450 passengers per day until at least 17 July. In addition, flights arriving in Australia at Sydney Airport are limited to 50 passengers per flight. That is causing the airlines who are still flying into Sydney to quickly re-organise their passengers.
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Melbourne not accepting international arrivals
Because Melbourne is suffering from a blow-out of COVID-19 cases, the Victorian Government has asked for a halt to international arrivals into Melbourne Airport for a fortnight. Melbourne has recently recording upwards of a 100 new COVID-19 cases per day, and as a consequence has locked down a number of postcodes as well as 3,000 people in 9 multi-story public housing blocks.
The closure of Melbourne to international arrivals, means that Sydney has had to take up the slack.
International arrivals, Sydney
Australian based airlines Virgin Australia and Qantas have suspended all international flights, but the following carriers (based on the next few days) are still flying into Sydney:
- Air Calin
- Air New Zealand
- All Nippon Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern
- Delta Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- United Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
- Xiamen Airlines
So, those airlines are going to have to rapidly sort out their passenger loads so that only 50 arrive per flight, with a maximum of 9 flights arriving per day to keep total passenger arrivals to 450 per day.
Check with your airline
If you are booked on an international flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney or Melbourne up to and including 14 July, then you better check with your airline if your flight is still departing as scheduled. If you are booked to Melbourne, you might find that is no longer your destination!
These new restrictions on passenger arrivals are going to make life interesting as soon as this Wednesday when 11 flights are scheduled to arrive in Sydney!
On the other hand, some flights might get cancelled, be cargo only, or have less than 50 passengers anyway, I suppose.