OK Tedi Mining Limited or OTML has suspended all its international flights to Australia following reports that five of its passengers who traveled out last week tested positive while doing their hotel quarantine in Cairns.
The Company states they are taking the situation very seriously and have been in close liaison with the Queensland Police and Queensland Health.
The regularly-scheduled passenger flights for this week and next week going into Cairns are suspended.
They are seeking approval for a flight scheduled for next week which will transport COVID-19 testing swabs for analysis in a Queensland laboratory however the flight will not carry passengers.
The Company is working closely with the Queensland authorities to review measures and minimise any chance of a recurrence.
OTML also stated that its operations are continuing and that a mass testing program has commenced.
OK Tedi will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the COVID-19 control measures and will make adjustments as required.