Australia to resume India flights from May 15 for citizens

Australia to resume India flights from May 15 for citizens

Australia to resume India flights from May 15 for citizens

Australia will resume repatriation flights for some citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has faced criticism for failing to help citizens trapped in the Covid-ravaged nation.

The ban sparked further anger after the government said Australians seeking to fly home could face jail or fines. Mr Morrison later played down this threat.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce the details on Friday, in what will come as a relief to the estimated 9,000 Australians stuck in the COVID-ravaged country.

All Australians returning from India will quarantine outside Darwin at the Howard Springs facility, which is expected to be nearly empty by next Saturday.

It is unclear whether commercial flights will also be able to restart, with one government source saying it would be a slow and steady process.