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LATAM Australian repatriation sweeps Lima, Cusco and Iquitos

written by Adam Thorn | April 9, 2020

A LATAM Airlines Boeing 787-9 at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)
A LATAM Airlines Boeing 787-9 at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

A LATAM repatriation flight, chartered by the Australian government, conducted a “sweep” of Peru on Thursday, collecting 280 passengers from Lima, Cusco and Iquitos.

It is scheduled to land in Melbourne on Friday morning.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne also confirmed an additional Qantas flight will depart Peru on Monday, 13 April, with other trips being planned to India and the Philippines.

In recent weeks, she says, more than 280,000 Australians have returned home from abroad.

Minister Payne said, “The Australian government is also assisting by ensuring that these flights have the necessary clearances and approvals in countries where Australian airlines normally don’t fly. Some of this is new for Qantas so we are assisting with that process.


“Australians are paying for those tickets themselves, where there is a great difficulty or a real difficulty for Australians to afford those flights, we have of course encouraged them to engage with friends, engage with family. We also do have provision for traveller emergency loans.”

She also confirmed plans are in place to help those stuck in India, where a lockdown has recently been put in place.

“There are tens of thousands of Australians in India at any one time, many of them long-term residents of course. We are actively trying to identify options for a commercial charter flight.”

Previously, the government worked with travel company Chimu Adventures to lay on flights to Peru and Uruguay, but faced criticism when it emerged some passengers paid more than $5,000 for an economy ticket, and twice that for business.

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Comments (4)

  • Red Cee


    Let’s hope they all get home quickly.

  • John Gates


    I find it hard to understand, why the RAAF is not assisting in these worthy ventures The tanker aircraft that I once visited had the aircraft original seating still installed. The Government is using our and foreign airlines, whilst it seems our assets are grounded I also have observed not a single RAAF aircraft during this time, flying into Brisbane. Other nation’s military are helping, during this crisis especially the Brits

    • Ray


      Possibly it is a way to help keep our commercial carriers in business. I note the South American airline, LATAM, is being used – I suspect because SA countries want to help their airlines also.

  • Peter


    Were some so stupid to go OS after covid was spreading. Our Gov should have blocked trvl unless going back to where they came from for good.

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