Qantas flies world’s first direct flight from Darwin to London in a bid to rescue Britons


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It comes as NHS nurses accused the Administration of abandoning them after they were left stranded in Australia due to aeroplane cancellations.

Laura Mclaughlin, who has lived in Sydney for three years, organised a bunch of aged 50+ NHS staff who wanted to return to the UK to rejoin the health armed forces to help combat coronavirus.

Ms McLaughlin worked as an accident and emergency minister to in a hospital in Southport, Merseyside.

She said she had been in contact with erstwhile colleagues in the UK about returning to help them out because the NHS was so short-staffed.

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She managed to secure a flight on the Darwin to Heathrow flight but she put there were doctors who are still looking to return to the UK.

She said: “We’ve been to the embassy, tiring to get hold of people to help us, but we’re just getting no answers.

“I don’t think it’s skilful enough.

“We need to be prioritising flights for the NHS key workers to be getting home to be help the pandemic.

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“I have expectantly got this flight confirmed for tomorrow, but it’s still helping all the other people along the way difficult to get home.”

She also said that one-way flights to the UK were now pricing upwards of £6,600 which most nurses cannot afford.

She enlarged: “We’re really keen to come and help but we’re all feeling a little bit like every Tom has turned their back on us at the moment.”

Qantas also made record in March 2018 with its first direct flight from Perth to London.

The mammoth 9,009-mile gad about took just over 17 hours.

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