Politicians call for early review of international arrival caps
Politicians have called on the Prime Minister to boost international travel caps after yesterday's announcement that Emirates would stop many of their Australian flights
Politicians have called on the Prime Minister to boost international travel caps after yesterday's announcement that Emirates would stop many of their Australian flights.
The Dubai-based carrier's decision to suspend Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne routes "until further notice" adds more strain on the 38,000 Aussies stranded abroad.
While the government today announced 20 extra repatriation flights to help with the load, some politicians say it's not enough — with Japan Airlines also considering it's Australian flight status from next month.
Scott Morrison announced the reduced influx of passengers following last week's National Cabinet meeting and revealed he plans to review the new international arrival travel caps on February 15.
However, politicians say the boost needs to come much sooner.
Speaking to and The Sunday Age, North Sydney Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman said the lower cap was "obviously having a dire impact on many Australians still overseas who, at the beginning of the New Year, were planning to return to Australia"
"The concern of new strains having an impact on Australia is entirely understandable, but if the February start date can be brought forward that would be a positive outcome," he said.
While Higgins Liberal MP Katie Allen told the publications: "There's no doubt we want to see an increase in quarantine caps. I would support that."
While Emirates have stopped flights to Australia's eastern states, they are continuing their Perth services.
Singapore Airlines has said they will continue their services to Australia amid the tightened international arrival caps, which have been almost halved as of today.
Japan Airlines are currently flying Aussies home but admit they are set to re-evaluate the situation.
It's expected they are reviewing their plans for February and will announce future scheduling in due course.
Qatar and Etihad Airways also offer services via the Middle East, aiding thousands of expats to return home since the start of the pandemic.