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UPDATE ON IOT FLIGHTS AND FREIGHT

I am pleased to confirm that passenger flights for the Indian Ocean Territories will return to their usual routes from 20 April.

As you are aware, we had temporary changes to passenger air service routes over the past six weeks in response to aviation fuel supply shortages on Christmas Island caused by severe weather and swell, with all flights first stopping at CKI for refuelling before travelling on to CI and back to Perth.

From next week, the Tuesday service will return to its usual path of CI-CKI-Perth.

Thanks for your patience during this time – particularly in relation to the impacts on inter-island travel. We greatly appreciate your support while the Government and stakeholders have worked to manage this situation.

We are continuing to experience ongoing impacts on sea freight delivery and air services due to the ongoing challenging weather conditions.

There is continuous strong demand for air freight. The recent fuel supply issues on CI have affected the CKI freight situation, because freight services to CKI are largely dependent on refuelling on CI.
It was encouraging to see the successful run of the fortnightly air freighter service on Friday, in the face of the very poor weather resulting from the cyclone activity.

I will continue to escalate matters as required and encourage all stakeholders to work together to resolve some of the current issues and ensure ongoing availability of supplies.

The Government will continue to monitor and adjust IOT air services capacity as appropriate.
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The IOT COVID-19 subcommittee notes this afternoon’s significant announcement from the WA Government on a range of adjustments to its controlled border arrangements. This includes details on travel to WA from New Zealand, the timing for Queensland to return to ‘very low risk’, and new advice regarding the timing of classification changes for jurisdictions moving forward.

The subcommittee will now carefully consider these changes and the local context and risk. As always, we will continue to take a prudent and precautionary approach to restriction adjustment, to maintain the protection of our vulnerable IOT communities.

We will update the community further next week as any decisions are made.

For further detail on the WA Government announcements, see:

www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/controlled-interstate-border-changes-queensland

www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/wa-government-welcomes-quarantine-free-travel-new-zealand
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The IOT COVID-19 subcommittee notes this afternoon’s significant announcement from the WA Government on a range of adjustments to its controlled border arrangements. This includes details on travel to WA from New Zealand, the timing for Queensland to return to ‘very low risk’, and new advice regarding the timing of classification changes for jurisdictions moving forward.  The subcommittee will now carefully consider these changes and the local context and risk. As always, we will continue to take a prudent and precautionary approach to restriction adjustment, to maintain the protection of our vulnerable IOT communities.  We will update the community further next week as any decisions are made.  For further detail on the WA Government announcements, see:  https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/controlled-interstate-border-changes-queensland  https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/wa-government-welcomes-quarantine-free-travel-new-zealand
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