|(Flight MH370) Australia to waive visa fees to relatives willing to visit
Grieving relatives of those on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 will be welcomed to Australia if they choose to visit at this “desperately difficult time,’’ Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
Malaysia Airlines had on Monday told families of the 239 people on the doomed plane that they would be brought to the “recovery area.’’
The search today has been abandoned due to adverse weather.
Abbott did not specify whether relatives would be brought out to sea.
“This has been a desperately difficult time for thousands and thousands of people right around the globe, particularly in China as well as in Malaysia,'' Abbott told reporters.
“I understand that the loved ones of those on that plane may well wish to come to Australia in the coming days and weeks.
“They will find a welcoming country that is more than willing to embrace them in this very difficult time.''
Visa fees will be waived for grieving relatives wishing to come to Australia, Abbott later told parliament.—AFP