Hundreds of Australian nationals have been transported back to their home country with a repatriation flight from Bali.
The Stakeholder Relation Manager of Angkasa Pura I for Bali Ngurah Rai Airport, Taufan Yudhistira confirmed that around 200 Australian nationals were scheduled to go back home through Bali’s Airport on Saturday (18/9). “Over 200 expats from Australia were sent home from Bali with a repatriation flight on Saturday evening through Qantas Airways to Darwin.” Yudhistira said on Saturday as he prepared the repatriation process.
Yudhistira explained that each passenger is required to go through a proper health and document screening before entering the airplane. “Our airport authorities will assure that everyone is safe and pass all screening procedures such as temperature checks and document validation before checking-in and entering the waiting room.” Yudhistira added. Qantas Airways was scheduled to depart from Sydney and arrive at the Bali Airport before continuing their flight to Darwin on Sunday (18/9) around 1:10am.
Some of the expats who were transported home with this repatriation flight admitted that they were forced to go back as they’ve lost their businesses and became stressed out since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Bali. One of the expats named Matthew said that he had to go back home in order to find a job because he’s lost his income in Bali. “I was stressed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, so I decided to leave and will be back when things get better.” Matthew said.