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More than 10,000 Australians to remain stranded overseas post 2020

25 November 2020

International arrival caps have been confirmed for international airlines flying into Australia through to the end of the year, with flight arrivals to Sydney allocated at 30−35 passengers per flight. Unfortunately, these caps will result in more than 10,000 Australians being stranded overseas come 31 December. While the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) 1 welcomes the increases to some arrival caps, we estimate that over 10,000 Australians who are currently on official airline waiting lists will not have an opportunity to return home, while airlines continue to fly into Australia with predominantly empty aircraft. These waiting lists represent only some of the Australians overseas seeking to return home, due to most international airlines halting ticket sales some months ago in an attempt to clear the existing backlog of ticket holders.

BARA firmly believes that the progressive re-opening of domestic borders presents an opportunity to bring home many more Australians overseas before the end of 2020 and into the early part of 2021. BARA understands that allocating this freed-up capacity to international flights could permit over 2,000 additional international arrivals each week, making a large difference to the Australians still overseas who currently do not have any prospects of returning home before the year’s end.

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BARA is a member driven industry body that delivers value through setting the expectations and outcomes for Australia’s aviation infrastructure services.

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BARA provides a collective voice and actively engages with suppliers, governments, regulators and investors on major issues that affect Australia’s international aviation industry.

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BARA’s publications cover the provision and pricing of essential aviation infrastructure for international airlines, establishing the groundwork for the outcomes we seek.

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BARA’s members include many of the world’s largest airlines, carrying 90% of all international passenger flights, and most exports and imports of freight cargo, to and from Australia.

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