BUS SERVICES HELPING ENACT NEW CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE LAWS

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Skybus/Kinetic


AIRPORT TRANSPORT service Skybus is helping facilitate the Victorian State Government’s efforts to curb the spread of the potentially deadly Covid-19 coronavirus via mandatory quarantine for international arrivals, the company confirms.

BUS SERVICES HELPING ENACT NEW CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE LAWS
Skybus Co-CEO Adam Begg says it was an incredible 24-hour response from the entire Skybus team to gear up for the [mandatory Covid-19 coronavirus quarantine] task.

As Australia’s leading airport transfer business, the Kinetic-rebranded Skybus service is transferring those new international arrivals at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to city hotels for their required 14-day isolation period.

The new national quarantine laws for international travellers arriving into the country came into effect on Sunday, 29 March, 2020, with anyone arriving now forced to stay in a state-funded hotel. 

At a press conference on Saturday morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Skybus had provided 85 buses to get an estimated 1000-1500 people from the airport to the accommodation.

"We have enough rooms. We have a very strong partnership between hotel booking providers, as well as transport connections, police, the Department of Health and, over time, the ADF may provide us with support," the Victorian Premier said.

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QUICK TURNAROUND

Skybus Co-CEO Adam Begg says it was an incredible 24-hour response from the entire Skybus team to gear up for the task.  

"We couldn’t be prouder of our frontline teams who are working tirelessly to help passengers return home to their families," he said.  

"This was a quick turnaround from our team, which included buses from our New South Wales business, Telfords, making the trip down to help out.

"We are equally appreciative of the great assistance the Victorian Government has provided us during this crisis.

"After what has been a turbulent fortnight for Australia’s aviation industry we remain agile and flexible, ready to support our major stakeholders wherever we can," Begg explained.

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When ABC magazine (www.busnews.com.au) asked what cleaning and cleansing measures were in place after the vehicles had been used, the company stated: "All Skybus vehicles are routinely cleaned to the highest standard for passenger safety and comfort including enhanced infection control measures multiple times a day."

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