UK plans 7 special flights for Britons stranded in India

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The UK government on Sunday announced the first seven chartered flights next week to bring home Britons stranded in India amidst the international travel lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Pioneer.

An estimated 35,000 British nationals are currently in India, out of who over 20,000 have contacted the British High Commission to say they wish to return to the UK as soon as possible. A set of 113 of the “most vulnerable” Britons was flown out of Goa on an Irish flight on Saturday.

The special flights to London include three scheduled from Goa for next Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and two each from Mumbai and Delhi on Thursday and Saturday, with further flights planned later.

The British High Commission told its citizens to check the government travel advisory and visit the booking portal for respective cities to reserve seats.

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“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,” said Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India.

“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,” she said.

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