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Thousands of Australians still stranded abroad while international flights remain near-empty

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised that bringing home stranded Aussies abroad remains a priority.

But 7NEWS has obtained video of one of the few international flights arriving this week – with row upon row of empty seats.

Watch the video above

That’s despite approximately 40,000 people being on a waitlist to get home.

Sydney businessman Albion Haxhnikaj couldn’t believe what he was seeing on a journey home to Sydney from Turkey.

He’d just spent three months stuck in Turkey, desperate for a seat on a flight home.

“Yeah look it did make me angry,” he told 7NEWS.

“I asked myself, why is it so hard to come back home?”

Speaking from hotel quarantine back in Sydney, he said his return to Australia was a nightmare of lost flights and nights on airport floors.

“I had tears in my eyes because going for three months without the family – it was hard, it was hard,” he said.

Row upon row of empty seats. Credit: 7NEWS

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