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Stranded Australians Return Home

Australian High Commissioner John Feakes confirmed the matter saying there were 400 Australians in Fiji who opted to stay here.
08 Apr 2020 15:27
Stranded Australians Return Home
Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes

Close to 60 Australians, who were stranded in Fiji after a  holiday, left the country yesterday for Sydney on a Fiji Airways evacuation flight.

Australian High Commissioner John Feakes confirmed the matter saying there were 400 Australians in Fiji who opted to stay here.

He said 50 to 60 Australians stranded in Fiji since the borders closed following Fiji’s first case of coronavirus last month.

“There are over 400 Australians in Fiji, most of whom are long term residents working here.

He said added the remaining Australian holidaymakers were expected to book on to a Fiji Airways flight chartered by the German Government to repatriate their nationals.

“We expect New Zealand nationals returning home to book on either of these flights as they can then fly back home from Australia.”

Seven flights

In a statement yesterday, Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen said the airline was undertaken several flights in total for freight, charter and passenger evacuation.

He said the move was designed to take all the airline’s bigger aircraft out of Fiji as a precautionary measure in light of TC Harold approaching Fiji.

“Evacuation flights will be operated to Sydney and Los Angeles.”

Mr Viljoen said the return flight from Los Angeles was expected to carry cargo although he could say what cargo was being brought in.

“A charter service (by the German Government) will also operate to Brisbane, while a freighter service on a Fiji Airways A330-200 will operate to Auckland.

“The airline also positioned its other A330 aircraft in Brisbane and Sydney due to the approach of Tropical Cyclone Harold.”

Mr Viljoen said the aircraft would return to Fiji once the cyclone threat had passed.

“Two Fiji Airways’ B737 aircraft, along with the entire Fiji Link fleet, are securely stored at the airline’s Hangar facilities in Nadi,” he said.

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