Mass exodus at Adelaide Airport as borders shut

mass exodus at adelaide airport as borders shut

People have flooded Adelaide Airport, desperate to get out as states shut their borders in response to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the airport had little foot traffic for months.

But the flood of people came after SA recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, all linked to the Parafield cluster.

Hundreds of people were seen there on Monday, with a number wearing masks.

Camera IconHundreds of people were seen waiting for flights at Adelaide Airport after new border restrictions came into place. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/David MariuzCamera IconFour jurisdictions announced they closed their borders with SA, sparking the mass panic. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/David Mariuz

WA residents Trish and Peter Skinner told NCA NewsWire they had travelled to SA last Tuesday for a friend’s wedding but decided to leave the state — before the November 21 celebration they travelled for — as soon as they heard about the outbreak.

Mrs Skinner, 52, from Karratha, said it was a “scary” experience and she wouldn’t travel “for a long time”.

“We were supposed to be here three weeks but (WA Premier) Mark (McGowan) closed the border so we want to go home,” Mrs Skinner said.

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