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First international flight arrives, Melbourne’s hotel quarantine begins again




The first international passenger flight in two months has landed in Melbourne, marking the third official recommencement of the Victorian government’s hotel quarantine program.

Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL604 from Colombo touched down at 4.24am, with the first group of passengers bound for two weeks of quarantine at the Intercontinental Hotel on Collins Street in the CBD.

Returning travellers arrive at the Intercontinental Hotel to begin their quarantine period.Credit:Jason South

Five flights carrying at least 76 passengers are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, according to a Melbourne Airport spokeswoman – although Victoria’s acting Police Minister Danny Pearson said he expected the number of passengers to be just over 100.

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