By Bernd Debusmann Jr
A number of other countries have taken similar steps to recover their citizens from the UAE
A number of Australian nationals in the UAE are being transported home on a special Etihad evacuation flight that left on the morning of Thursday, April 2.
The flight departed Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10 AM on Thursday morning.
“The special service will provide Australian citizens in the UAE who were unable to fly to Australia due to Covid-19 restrictions the opportunity to travel home,” an Etihad spokesperson said ahead of the flight.
The flight marks the second such trip to Melbourne in a week. According to Etihad, the aircraft will return to Abu Dhabi carrying fresh produce as cargo.
Ahead of the evacuation, Australian ambassador Heidi Venamore said the fliguht may “be the last chance” for Australians to leave the UAE “for some time.”
A number of other countries have taken similar steps to recover their citizens from the UAE.
Earlier this week, 329 passengers – mainly German citizens – flew out of the country on two flights headed to Frankfurt.
The flights were organised as part of a joint effort by the UAE government, the German embassy in the UAE and RAK International Airport.
A separate Etihad flight late last week flew 26 US citizens out of the UAE.