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Nov 23, 2020
Very large text size Passengers on the first flights from Melbourne after four months of border closures landed at Sydney Airport to a party atmosphere, with Bondi lifeguard models, coffee, doughnuts and the sounds of Welcome Back, Kotter. Qantas flight QF401 was first to touchdown at 0725, greeted by a welcoming committee from Destination NSW and drag duo Penny Tration and Coco Jumbo. Lifeguards and drag queens greeted the flights from Victoria. Credit:Steven Siewert There was moderate turbulence along the way, at least one passenger celebrated with a glass of champagne and cabin crew advised that masks should be worn for the duration. The first flight was mostly filled with business people evidently keen to hit the ground running. Advertisement Dental surgeon Larry Benge landed with a week of implant operations ahead. "We haven't been able to get here for four months, so it is pretty exciting to be back here," he said. "We have a big waiting list." Adam De Guara arrived back into the arms of girlfriend Genevieve Wild, having been apart for five months to the day. Genevieve Wild and Adam De Guara embrace at the airport. Credit:Steven Siewert Asked if they were engaged, she said: "Partners." He said: "Maybe. She'll kill me." Romance was also in the air with the arrival of Emily Torney, met by Conor Horgon who had been separated four months. Conor Horgan and Emily Torney reunited at Sydney airport. Credit:Steven Siewert She said: "I live down there, he's up here. I am going to have to go back eventually but I'm here for the next couple of days at least." Fiona Prosser arrived to visit her father, Colin, in poor health. Fiona Prosser arrives from Melbourne to visit her father. Credit:Steven Siewert Loading "I got a permit to come up during the lockdown period, which was quite horrendous," she said. "He's okay, I am heading to the hospital to see him now. We hope he will be home for Christmas." Qantas Captain Matt Hicks, who manages pilots, said re-opening the Sydney-Melbourne route, one of the busiest routes in the world, was "massive" for staff. "We will be up to about 70 per cent of flights by December," he said. "There are 11 flights to Melbourne and back today. Hopefully, if the Queensland border opens, that's a major part of our travel [re-opened], that would be huge." "Mask wearing for crews is mandatory and for passengers it is strongly recommended. The air conditioning moves the air very quickly so you are getting air extracted all the time, vented overboard and fresh air coming in from outside." Comedians Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee arrived and were quickly surrounded by the reception party and TV cameras. "Is this going to happen every time?' Kavalee joked. Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee arriving from Melbourne. Credit:Steven Siewert American actor Adrian Grenier best known for his portrayal of Vincent Chase in the TV series Entourage was also on an early flight. Entourage star Adrian Grenier arrived on an early flight. Credit:Steven Siewert Labor party leader Anthony Albanese, flying to Melbourne on a day trip, said he was positive about people coming into Sydney. "It is a great tribute to Australians who have sacrificed so much in order to come through this crisis," he said. "We have done a lot by Zoom but I am looking forward to sitting down with Dan this morning [Victorian Premier Dan Andrews]. Asked about the Queensland border, he added: I think Annastacia Palaszczuk is doing a great job and one of the things I won't do is make partisan political comments." Qantas and Jetstar will today operate a combined 17 return flights carrying about 4500 passengers. During lockdown flights dropped to one per day for those with a special requirement to fly. More businesses were open in the domestic terminal which, until recently, had been a ghost town. Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments and the numbers you need to know. Sign up to The Sydney Morning Herald's newsletter here and The Age's here . Save
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