Emirates Confirms Repatriation Flight Leaving From Dubai For Australians
Emirates has confirmed it will provide a repatriation flight later this week for Australians trying to return home from Israel.
A spokesperson confirmed flight EK2616 will depart from Dubai on Thursday 9.40am local time and arrive in Sydney on Friday 6.05am local time.
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Australians who wish to travel on this flight should contact Emirates’ contact centre or sales offices, or their nearest Australian consulate or embassy,” the spokesperson said.
“We have made aircraft and crew available and put them on standby to activate over the past days, pending confirmation of passenger numbers and other details from the Australian government.”
The airline had earlier confirmed it was in talks with the Australian Government to organise the flight, and had been waiting on passenger numbers confirmations.
According to estimates by the Australian Government, around 10,000 Australian citizens are currently in Israel.
Safety and security concerns forced repatriations plans to be cancelled over the weekend, however one Qantas flight from Tel Aviv to London was able to fly.
On Monday, 255 Australians citizens had landed in Dubai on route to Australia.
Foreign affairs minister Penny Wong on Monday said the government had secured flights to Australia from Dubai and were planning further flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai.
Ms Wong said since conflict began in Israel, around 1,200 Australians had been assisted in leaving the country.
She continued to urge Australians to take the first available option to them out of Israel.
“[This] may be our last opportunity to conduct an assisted departure flight for the foreseeable future,” she told the Senate on Monday.
“We can’t know how the security situation will unfold.”
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