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Fears infected Aussies will board flights from India… dailymail.co.uk – Peter Vincent • 4h Covid could easily leak into Australia when flights from India resume because fake or inaccurate test results are so easy to obtain, ex-pat Aussies …

Aussie things the world can’t believe

It’s not until you travel overseas and realise that foreigners don’t know what chicken salt is that you realise how good we really have it.And it isn’t just the wonderful invention that is chicken salt. Here are 13 things that we have in Australia that people from other countries can’t believe.Sure, your run the risk of stepping on a bindi…

Rex faces uphill battle from airlines with strong loyalty programs

Regional Express faces an uphill battle to steal customers from Qantas and Virgin after missing a key target and potentially underestimating the power of frequent flyer programs.The country carrier has delayed one of its major goals following its $150m capital injection to move into major metro travel routes.According to its prospectus, Rex should…

Qantas set to add a million seats to Adelaide due to surge in travel

Qantas will add an extra one million seats in and out of Adelaide as a result of the boom in domestic travel.The nation’s premier airline announced a raft of services to and from the South Australian capital and a new Adelaide-Gold Coast route.Five Embraer E190 aircraft will be added to the Qantas fleet at Adelaide Airport and assist on QantasLink…

India travel ban to end on May 15, Scott Morrison confirms

Australians stranded in India will return home on rescue flights from May 15, but those infected with the virus will not be on board.Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Friday the government’s controversial India travel ban will be lifted on May 15, allowing Australians stuck in the COVID-ravaged country to return home.The government in April…

NT Health Minister warns ‘flights must not create a burden on the health system’

HEALTH Minister Natasha Fyles says the issue of repatriated Australians from India coming to Darwin is one of hospital and health system capacity.“We need — in managing these flights back into Australia — to make sure we do not create a burden on the health system here in the Territory,” Ms Fyles said.“We have the Howard Springs facility…

‘She should go’: Liberal leader calls for Emma Cassar to be sacked

The Victorian opposition has called for the head of the state’s hotel quarantine scheme to be sacked amid damning flaws in the system being aired publicly this week.Liberal Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien on Thursday said he had “no confidence” in the head of COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria, Emma Cassar.“I don’t think there’s been enough…

Federal Court challenge on India travel ban to be heard next week

A court challenge against the federal government’s controversial ban on Australians returning home from COVID-19-ravaged India will be heard before the order expires.Gary Newman, 73, is stranded in Bangalore and has instructed lawyers in his homeland to file an urgent challenge against the direction that could jail Australians or fine them up to…

International border closures costing Australia $8bn a month: research group

International border closures are forecast to cost the nation at least $17bn due to the botched vaccine rollout – but the damage bill could climb frighteningly higher.The cost to the economy incurred by Australia’s isolation from the rest of the world is a whopping $203m a day, according to new modelling by the McKell Institute.The federal government…

ACCC may stop Qantas’ Japan flights bid

Camera IconThe competition watchdog is opposing Qantas and Japan Airlines’ plans to coordinate flights. Credit: APShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkAustralia’s competition watchdog is opposing a Qantas plan to resume flights between Australia and Japan.Qantas and Japan Airlines have proposed coordinating flights between Sydney,…

Scott Morrison says chances of repatriation flight from India by May 15 ‘looking good’

Scott Morrison is “very confident” rescue flights will be dispatched to India within 10 days once a ban on Australians returning from the COVID-ravaged country is lifted.The government last week imposed a ban on Australians returning from India, which is in the midst of the world’s worst COVID-19 crisis, threatening those in breach with five-year…

Films to challenge and delight

Camera IconLetter Reader, one of the many films screening online as part of the South African Film Festival 2021 Credit: SuppliedShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkAll ticket proceeds from this year’s South African Film Festival (May 12-24, saff.org.au) will go to supporting Education without Borders programs that assist young…

Qantas confirms global headquarters will remain in Sydney

Qantas has confirmed its global headquarters will remain in Sydney.The flying kangaroo announced it had completed a review of its property portfolio following a massive $2.7bn financial loss last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Speculation had been mounting that Qantas was potentially moving its head office to Queensland or a new location;…

ACCC denies Qantas and Japan Airlines deal to co-ordinate flights

Australia’s competition watchdog is set to try to block a deal struck between Qantas and Japan Airlines to co-ordinate flights.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing to deny authorisation of the two airlines signing a five-year deal to co-ordinate flights, which the regulator says would ruin competition on travel routes between…

‘Spoiled prat’: David Littleproud slams Michael Slater over India tweets

Michael Slater has been lashed as a “spoiled prat” by a senior minister after the former Test cricketer hit out at the India travel ban.Mr Slater has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of having “blood on his hands” over the government’s ban on Australians returning from India, currently fighting the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak.In…

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