Travel chaos this morning as flights were cancelled across Australia to China.
Chinese nationals trying to return home from Australia were struggling to find flight home.
Many Chinese tourists and business people have had to change flights to find a way home, after Australia banned all travel to and from China due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
People were forced onto flights via Hong Kong or other countries in order to return home.
Dozens of daily flights between Australia and China were cancelled with near immediate effect on Saturday.
Likewise, Australians in China had to scramble to find flights out of the country to get home.
Hong Kong Airport is now the only airport servicing Australia and China.
Reports said there were long lines of people trying to find new flights to and from China and Australia via HK.
Passengers from Shanghai filtered through into arrivals at Melbourne Airport after their China Eastern Airlines flight touched down this morning – one of the only flights from China not to be cancelled.
Melbourne couple Wenjun Lur and Zi Yuan Zhoun were visibly distressed as they waited for their two children get off the flight with their grandmother.
“We heard the news last night that the government was banning all Chinese residents except for Australian citizens, Australian PR and immediate family members,” he said.
The Chinese Australian family were worried about their grandmother who is not a citizen.
“We’re worried. We asked the border force, they just said we had to be patient so we can’t do anything at the moment.
Meanwhile, a Qantas 747 has left Sydney Airport to evacuate Australians stranded in Wuhan before they are transferred to Christmas Island for at least 14 days.
The aircraft is taking Australian nationals stuck in China and hundreds of people are expected to take the opportunity to leave.
Many are struggling to even get to the local airport.
The flight will land at Australian soil before people are flown to quarantine on the Island off the Western Australian coast.
The Sydney News Authors