A major international airline said it will suspend all flights to Australia in September after the government cuts the number of international arrivals.
As a result of lowering the maximum number of international arrivals, a major US airline has become the first international airline to withdraw flights to Australia.
American Airlines announced that it will suspend all passenger and cargo services from Los Angeles to Sydney from September 1. This is its only route into the country.
The airline said it will not resume flights until at least late October. Nine news.
It apologized to the affected passengers and will provide alternative arrangements.
The airline stated: “Due to continuing travel restrictions surrounding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), American Airlines will suspend customer and cargo flights between Los Angeles and Sydney between September 1 and October 28.”
American Airlines revealed last week that it will fly 20% of its unloaded aircraft due to the upper limit of international arrivals.
After some state leaders worried about the pressure of hotel isolation, the National Cabinet agreed this month to halve the number of people entering Australia.
This caused the upper limit to drop from more than 6000 to about 3000 per week.
The decision was made after the outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus put Sydney in lockdown.
This is a further blow to the estimated 34,000 Australians stranded overseas waiting to return home.
Since the beginning of the pandemic and the closure of Australia’s international borders, many expats have been struggling to find seats for returning flights, facing high prices and frequent cancellations.
Anyone flying into the country must also be quarantined in a hotel for 14 days at a personal fee of US$3,000.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the federal government agreed to abolish the upper limit on entry because it would “relieve” the pressure on the quarantine system.
Morrison said earlier this month: “Due to the special virulence of the Delta strain, people think this is a prudent action while we are still in the virus suppression stage.
He said the government will work to increase the number of repatriation flights back to the Darwin facility in Howard Springs.
New South Wales Governor Gladys Berejiklian does not support measures to reduce the number of arrivals.
Ms. Berejiklian said: “My heart is with thousands of Australians who have to wait longer to return home.”