The Royal Australian Air Force continues to evacuate Australians and Australian visa holders out of Kabul.
CAPTION: Afghan families are packed into a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III for evacuation from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Sergeant Glen McCarthy.
In the latest official video, a RAAF C-17 Globemaster is seen with seats full and people sitting on the floor of the aircraft.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament today that Australia had evacuated more than 1000 people in 12 flights from Kabul since last Wednesday.
“The first people evacuated from Afghanistan landed in Perth via Al Minhad Base early on Friday morning, and another flight landed earlier today in Melbourne,” the PM said.
“As we speak, more than 700 Australians are playing their part in this mission, from the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and the Australian Defence Force.
“Many of these people have been deployed directly into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
“We currently have two C-17A Globemasters, two C-130J Hercules and one KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft deployed to the Middle East, conducting and supporting evacuation operations.
“These evacuations are both dangerous and complex.
“Landing slots in Kabul are limited and the on-ground time is also limited.
“Access to the airport for those seeking to be evacuated is a major limiting factor, and the approaches are very dangerous.”