UK announces 17 more flights to fly back Brits from India – Times of India


The UK has announced 17 more flights from India, including four from Amritsar, to fly back around 4,000 stranded Britons due to complete lockdown in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With this, total 38 UK charter flights from India would help around 9,000 British nationals return home between April 8 and 27. These flights cost between £ 537 and £ 591 per passenger.
Four charter flights will take off from Amritsar international airport for London on April 21, 23, 25 and 27. UK authorities had earlier announced five such flights from Amritsar on April 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19 April.
Similarly, four charter flights will take back Britons from Delhi international airport on April 21, 23, 25 and 27. Four more flights have been scheduled from Ahmedabad to London on April 20, 22, 24 and 26. British nationals stranded in and around Goa can board flights from Goa airport on April 20, 22 and 24. One flight for London has been scheduled from Bengaluru airport on April 23 via Ahmedabad. Similarly, one flight would take off from Mumbai airport for London on April 26.
Most vulnerable people are being prioritised for seats on these flights and majority of seats are likely to be allocated to people who are already on wait-lists after getting registered via the CTM website. Stranded passengers who wish to register for charter flights should visit the India Travel Advice page on GOV.UK.
London-based Jas Thandi’s elderly parents are stranded in Jalandhar since they were to fly back to London on Air India flight from Amritsar on April 1. They had return ticket but Air India has neither refunded the ticket fare nor given any assurance that they will take them back home. Thandi said that they cannot afford the fares of charter flights. “I have got medicines to them and are waiting for Air India to come back about their flight. I cannot understand why the government is not asking the airlines to pay for the flights as people have already paid the airlines and surely they should honour the return tickets,” said Thandi.
Jan Thompson, acting High Commissioner to India, said, “We are working around the clock to arrange additional flights from locations where we know large numbers are still stranded and are extremely grateful for the support we are receiving from the government of India and local authorities.”


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