Australia is set to increase its passenger intake by 50%. This move will help numerous Australians to come back home from abroad.
The Australian government is working with its territories and states to achieve this new target. The current limit for passenger intake is 4000 per week. This will be increased to 6000 with the government’s new plan. This will be applied in all jurisdictions except for Victoria. Every other jurisdiction was asked to increase the present intake, or start taking international arrivals.
Of the extra 2000 passengers that will arrive each week, Western Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales will each take one quarter (i.e. 500 passengers) in each state.
The 500 passengers will represent only a small portion of the increase for NSW, which accepts 2,450 arrivals each week as of now. The carry more load that way compared to Western Australia and Queensland.
An additional weekly arrival of 360 passengers will be accepted by South Australia. The Deputy PM of South Australia is seeking the confirmation of the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, and Tasmania to know how many international arrivals these regions will be able to quarantine now.
The Head of Aviation at Canberra Airport has expressed the willingness to work with the relevant authorities to welcome repatriation flights. As for Victoria, there’s no chance for accepting any international flight with passengers on Australia travel visa until the crisis of a second wave of COVID-19 that has gripped the region subsides.
Now the effectiveness of the decision to increase the passenger arrival cap will be apparent once it’s incorporated in the per-flight caps issued to international airlines. Factors like commercial viability for operation of inbound and outbound flights with consideration of passenger loads, freight, fuel, baggage handling and agreements with international airlines will all need to be established properly to show results.
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