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Coronavirus lockdown: UK announces first charter flights from India to bring British nationals home

The UK government has made arrangements to airlift British citizens stranded in India due to the suspension of flights and the lockdown in the country to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus lockdown: UK announces first charter flights from India to bring British nationals home

So far, the UK government has chartered 7 flights to airlift its citizens from India. (Photo: PTI)

The UK has announced the first seven charter flights that will bring home British nationals stuck in India due to the coronavirus lockdown. The charter flights will depart for London from the following cities:

  • Goa: 8, 10 and 12 April
  • Mumbai: 9 and 11 April
  • New Delhi: 9 and 11 April

British travellers should visit the booking portal for respective cities to reserve seats. Information on further flights from other locations in India will follow shortly.

Acting High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said, We know how worrying the past few weeks have been for British nationals in India. I hope this announcement will bring relief, especially to those in greatest need. Due to the large numbers of British travellers involved, the scale of this operation is huge. The UK government continues to work hard with our Indian counterparts in New Delhi and London to arrange a safe journey back for as many people as possible.

Foreign Office Minister of State, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said, The UK is working around the clock to support the large numbers of British travellers who wish to return to the UK from India and around the world. In the absence of commercial flights, these first charter flights from India should provide relief to some of our British travellers who are desperate to return home, especially for the most vulnerable and those in greatest need.

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of British nationals is the top priority of the UK government. The British High Commission will continue to provide consular support to any British nationals who remain in India and require assistance.

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