Last seat on plane: ScoMo flying back to bushfire chaos
Scott Morrison is believed to be on his way back to Australia after getting the last seat on a plane from Honolulu bound for Sydney.
The Sunday Telegraph understands Mr Morrison was due to board a flight at lunchtime on Friday (Hawaii time) about 9am Saturday morning in Sydney.
Before heading to the airport Mr Morrison and wife Jenny were spotted at a beachside hotel in Waikiki 24 hours after he promised to cut short his holiday in Hawaii and return to Australia.
Two Australian tourists confirmed the sighting at an upmarket hotel about 7am Saturday morning (Canberra time) or 10am Friday local time.
The first direct flight departing Honolulu and bound for Sydney departed at 10am local time.
A Government source told The Sunday Telegraph Mr Morrison would return to Australia late on Saturday night. After his return, Mr Morriosn will receive a fire briefing and is due to meet with emergency service workers on Sunday.
The sighting comes 12 hours after photos emerged online of Mr Morrison and wife Jenny watching the sunset on Waikiki Beach on Thursday night.
The Sunday Telegraph has confirmed the photos were taken at the Aloha beach bar near where the Morrisons are staying.
Mr Morrison is expected to return to Australia this evening after cutting his holiday short following criticism for going overseas while bushfires raged in Australia and without an official statement being released from his office.
In a statement, Mr Morrison said he "deeply regrets" any offence caused by his holidaying in Hawaii while fires burned in Australia.
"I have been receiving regular updates on the bushfires disaster as well as the status of the search for and treatment of the victims of the White Island tragedy."
The holiday was originally due to conclude on Monday.