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.
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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.
Almost 40,000 Australians are now on the waitlist to get home.
There are more than 10,000 Australians stuck in India alone, and more than 5,000 in Britain.
Stranded Aussie Kate Jeffries said there was a mix of desperation and anger in people wanting to get home.
“They seem to find a way for sports teams to come in, international students, celebrities, they just don’t seem to have the political will,” she said.
The Jeffries family have been waiting to get on a flight from Canada since February.
Shown the pictures of near-empty planes, they were furious, saying the government had failed those who remain stranded.
“It’s a blame game, it’s victim-blaming and the PM needs to step up and do his job,” David Jeffries said.