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Podcast: How does aviation solve the arrival cap riddle?

written by Adam Thorn | September 2, 2020

Qatar Airways Airbus A380 A7-APE at Sydney Airport. (Qatar Airways)
Qatar Airways Airbus A380 A7-APE at Sydney Airport. (Qatar Airways)

In July, Australia limited the number of people who could arrive back in the country to manage the flow into hotel quarantine. The problem is, the decision has pushed up prices to eye-popping levels and reduced availability.

In this episode of the Australian Aviation podcast, host Phil Tarrant and regular guest Adam Thorn discuss how this slow-burn story has exploded in the last seven days. They examine what the options are, the industry’s collective position and whether the government will restart its repatriation program to assist.

They also discuss Friday’s now not-so-crunch meeting to decide the future of Virgin, where creditors will get to vote on quite how new owners Bain should take over.

Finally – while our industry might be shrinking on the surface, it’s also going through a period of exciting change. Just how long then, until we switch our Fords for flying cars?

Enjoy the podcast,

The Australian Aviation team


Comments (2)

  • Ted


    Flight Caps.
    As an overseas Aussie I don’t want loans, don’t want free money, don’t want “rescue” flights. Just drop the caps and let us sort it out ourselves
    The problem is the hotel quarantine. This is a 19th century lock’em up method. 21st century electronically monitored home quarantine for arrivals from low risk countries as used for months in HK/Singapore/Taiwan is the answer.
    There have been zero imported cases from HK or NZ for example.
    Home quarantine for low risk arrivals frees up hotels for high risk arrivals (India/USA?).
    Australian Governments seem to totally lack the innovative thinking need to restore Australian’s legitimate rights.

  • David


    WOW! As an expat in Dubai I nearly jumped through my screen to throttle you guys. Next time, mention that fact that ScoMo not only said come home straight away he also said stay away as long as you can. Nice. Every month in every country there are expat Australians losing their jobs and then losing their residence visas. This is not a static thing. Diplomatic pressure is being brought to bear from other countries who are telling Australia ‘why aren’t you looking after your own people?’ It’s not like everyone overseas in March have sat around doing diddly since then. People have been bumped from flights repeatedly since April FFS!

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