COVID-19: Repatriation flights from India to re-start May 15
There has been a major community outcry as many Australians of Indian heritage and cricket players have been stuck in the subcontinental nation since Australian suspended flights between the two countries.
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For many Australians, the border closures are very popular, but when the reality of divided families, stranded children, and the overwhelming nature of the pandemic’s affect on the Indian – already stretched health system – maybe pubic opinion is on the move.
Well, it looks like enough to get Scotty from marketing’s ass off the bench.
Cabinet’s National Security Committee has endorsed a plan to repatriate Australians stranded in India once the temporary ban is lifted next week – after 15 May.
Returning Australians will be quarantined at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory – which is likely to have been emptied out by the end of this week.
The government organised and funded repatriation flights may be joined by a lifting of the ban on commercial flights also used for repatriation. We will see.
The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.
It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.
This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.
Up till the ban, Australia was funding two repatriation flights a week, each returning about 200 people. There are about 9,000 Australians stuck in India that DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) are aware of. I make that about another 45, flights required, but then my maths was always terrible. Apparently not as bad as Scotties, which is a lot scarier.
What did you say?