TORONTO – Luxury cars with “COVID19” license plates have been parked at Australian airports for months, according to staff who say they don’t know whose they are.
A Adelaide Airport worker said that staff believe BMW Gray has been in the employee parking lot since “February or even before.” It had been covered with protective sheets until a windy day in April revealed its number plate.
It was still there on Monday, after Steven Spry, an operations supervisor with Qantas, went out for the night, he told CTVNews.ca via an Instagram message.
“We think it might be a long-distance pilot or hostess who was captured abroad,” he wrote.
The coronavirus novel was not officially dubbed COVID-19 until February 11, when Spry said some colleagues believed the car might have been parked at the airport. Since the World Health Organization considers the global outbreak as a pandemic in March, international travel has been widely restricted and countries are forced to rent jets to bring citizens home.
Australia, which has nearly 10,000 known cases of the virus and 108 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, recently renewed the locking after the spread of the virus in major cities.
In the midst of the lockdown, the airline industry was hit very hard because the plane was delayed and flights were canceled, causing the company to lay off thousands of staff. Spry said that most workers with Qantas and Virgin Australia Airlines lost their jobs, which could be part of the reason the car was still at the airport. Usually, staff can only leave their vehicles there for 48 hours.
But it’s a mystery when car owners will have a license plate approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, and why. The intended BMW is registered until the end of September, but no number plates are listed as “COVID19,” according to ABC Radio Adelaide, who first reported the story.
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