The Qantas plane that was due to take Australians fleeing the coronavirus epidemic in China is stuck in Hong Kong, waiting for approval from China to fly to Wuhan.
The charter flight, eventually bound for a quarantine site outside of Darwin, did not get the official clearance it needed to land in China on Friday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs emailed about 200 passengers booked on the flight on Saturday, saying the flight was now scheduled to leave just after midnight, with check-in opening at 6pm local time. While it is still waiting approval from China, DFAT advised the passengers to “plan to proceed with the flight today [Saturday]”.
In a separate statement, DFAT said the plane was waiting in Hong Kong, about a two-hour trip away.