An Iberia plane landed for the first time in its history at the Australian airport, as announced on Twitter on Thursday by the Spanish Embassy in Australia, which days earlier had announced on its website that the plane would take the special route to facilitate the return of Spanish to Madrid.
The efforts of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Spanish Embassy in Australia, the Spanish Consulate General in Sydney, and the Spanish Embassy in New Zealand have facilitated the return from Australia and New Zealand, on a special Iberia flight, from 256 travelers, 234 of them Spanish.
The independent union of Cabin Crews also indicated on the Twitter social network that «all the personnel of that Iberia repatriation flight have had to undergo a PCR (coronavirus detection test), which has been negative, in order to be admitted on that flight by the Thai authorities, where they spent the night before doing the Bangkok-Sydney section. »
The flight left this Thursday from the Kingsford Smith airport in Sydney at 16:10, and is scheduled to arrive in Madrid tomorrow May 1 at 9:45, as confirmed by sources at the airline.
This same morning another special Iberia flight from Ecuador has landed at the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport with a total of 289 travelers plus 7 babies, 268 of them are Spanish and two dozen European and Ecuadorian residents. It is the fifth flight since airspace was closed to commercial flights.