Hundreds of Australians who have been staying in Bali during the Covid-19 pandemic will soon leave the island on a chartered flight.
The Stakeholder Relations Manager of Angkasa Pura Ltd for Bali Airport, Taufan Yudhistira confirmed that hundreds of Australian citizen who have been stranded in Bali are scheduled to be transported back to Australian with Qantas Airways through the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport on Wednesday afternoon (18/8). “The Australian government has chartered a flight for its citizens who have been stranded in Bali during the pandemic to finally go home on Wednesday around 3:00pm.” Yudhistira said.
Yudhistira explained that the Australian government has initiated this program to help their citizens who were unable to leave the island due to issues such as canceled flights, forcing them to extend their stay in Bali. Before taking their flight home, each passenger is required to get through screenings such as temperature and document check before continuing the process at immigration inside the Bali Airport. Meanwhile the Consulate General of Australia in Bali, Anthea Griffin really appreciated the Indonesian government for supporting this program.
“The Australian government is really thankful for the support from both the central and provincial government of Indonesia to allow our chartered flight to operate and pick up our citizens through the Bali Airport.” Griffin said. Apart from picking up the Australians, this flight will also transport packages of medical support from the Australian government to help Bali further handle the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne had stated that Australian government will send USD 12 million worth of medical equipment such as 1,000 ventilators, 700 oxygen concentrators, 170 oxygen tubes, 14,000 rapid antigen test kits and 2.5 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to support Indonesia in overcoming the pandemic.
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