Qantas said a flight from Sydney to Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon was turned around while it was in the air because it was unable to service the aircraft.
It came after the six Qantas baggage handlers tested positive to COVID-19.
“Seven flights to and from Adelaide are affected,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
“This includes one Sydney flight that was on its way to Adelaide, which will
return to Sydney and passengers will be provided with accommodation and
put on alternative services tomorrow.”
Airline employees who might have had contact with the diagnosed staff “will be required to self-isolate for 14 days”.
“We are working to minimise any disruptions to customers who are flying in and out of Adelaide, although passenger numbers are significantly
reduced due to government travel restrictions,” the spokesperson said.
“In addition to enhanced cleaning measures introduced since the coronavirus outbreak at airports and on aircraft, we are conducting extensive
cleaning of common areas used by these employees in Adelaide.”