Emirates Suspends East Coast Flights
Posted on: 19 January 2021

The airline made the announcement on Friday evening, confirming its last flight into Brisbane from Dubai would be the next day, while the last flights into Sydney and Melbourne would be on Tuesday January 19.

The airline confirmed it would continue to operate its twice-weekly flights into Perth from Dubai. In a statement to the ABC, the airline said the flight suspensions were due to "operational reasons".

The Federal Government in response said it would redistribute the places, allocated to Emirates under the international flight cap, to other carriers.

The move follows the Government's decision to temporarily reduce the cap on international arrivals due to the risk from the new variant strain of Covid-19.

After Emirates’ statement, the Government announced it would schedule 20 repatriation flights to help stranded Australians from January 31 to March 31. The extra repatriation flights are "over and above" the existing caps on returning international travellers and will be flown to locations that are willing to work above those caps.

Travellers will be taken to the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory, as well as to locations in Canberra and Tasmania. For more information on these flights, travellers are advised to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs.