After flying back several thousand Britons in 38 special chartered flights, the British Government is organising 14 more chartered flights to clear 3600 Britons stranded in India since the outbreak of the corona pandemic. The British High Commission today announced the additional chartered flights, including eight flights from Amritsar. These will be organised between April 28 and May 4.
Details of the flights are as follows:
- Amritsar to London: 28 April, 29 April, 30 April, 1 May, 2 May (x 2), 3 May, 4 May
- Ahmedabad to London: 28 April, 29 April, 1 May, 3 May, 4 May
- Delhi to London: 30 April
The UK has now chartered 52 flights from India to bring stranded British travellers home. There has been a huge demand for these flights, with seats now being allocated to those already registered via the government’s online booking portal – CTM.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Travel to and from India is severely restricted and so we have organised a series of charter flights. Through these 52 UK charter flights, we will have brought back 13,000 people and our staff in India will continue to support all those UK nationals who need our help.”
UK Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “We have already helped over 6,500 people return from India since we began our charter flight programme, with a further 7,000 due to return in the coming weeks.”
The 14 new flights announced today bring the total number of UK government charter flights from India to 52. We are continuing to work around the clock to ensure all British travellers in India are supported to come back to the UK if they wish,” he added.
Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India, said: “We are extremely grateful for the close and continuing support of the Indian government and airport authorities in facilitating this unprecedented repatriation exercise. We are continuing to work around the clock to get as many British nationals home as possible.”
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the UK has worked consistently with governments, air carriers and travel companies to minimise disruption and help British travellers return home safely – supported with £75 million for special charter flights to priority countries like India, focused on helping the most vulnerable people.
More than 13,200 people have returned to the UK on 63 flights organised by the Foreign Office from 18 different countries and territories.