Melbourne: Flight ban on Australia in India ends. The first flight to Australia to transport Australians stranded in India home.
Australian government warned Australians of up to five years in jail and fines of up to 66,000 Australian dollars (about Rs 37 lakh) if they returned home from India in violation of the ban. This caused a lot of commotion. But Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the travel ban worked well.
As the ban came to an end, the first flight was ready to transport Australians stranded in India home. Of these, only 80 were expected to travel, with 150 expected to travel.
Australian Ambassador to India Barry O’Peral said most of the rest were unable to travel due to confirmed corona infection. The plane landed in Darwin, Australia yesterday.
It is noteworthy that when the plane arrived in Delhi to transport Australians, it was carrying 1,056 ventilators, 60 oxygen concentrates and medical equipment from Australia.