Amid lockdown due to COVID-19, on Friday, the UK government has announced twelve charter flights to evacuate 3,000 Britishers, who are left stranded in India. These charter flights will evacuate Britons, mainly from south India, which includes Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kochi.
Flights Scheduled to Rescue British Nationals
These flights which are scheduled next week for London will land Amritsar on April- 13, 17 and 19; Ahmedabad on April- 13 and 15; Goa on April- 14 and 16. An extra flight which is via Mumbai on April-18;
with an additional one via Mumbai on April 18; Thiruvananthapuram via Kochi on April- 15; Hyderabad via Ahmedabad on April- 17; Kolkata via Delhi on April- 19; and Chennai via Bengaluru on April-20.
The above decision was taken by the UK High Commission after saying that seven charter flights will evacuate its nationals from Delhi, Mumbai, and Goa. So, a total of 5,000 Britishers will be rescued to their homes in 19 charter flights.
UK’s minister of state for “South Asia and the commonwealth” in the FCO, Tariq Ahmad, has said that on Thursday morning around 300 people have been rescued from Goa and 1,400 more will be rescued by the coming Easter weekend and by the coming next week these twelve flights will be rescuing more than thousands.
Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India, said: “We can confirm 12 more charter flights to bring British travelers back home, on top of the flights already launched. We are extremely grateful for the support we are receiving from the government of India on this. Getting people home as quickly as possible remains our absolute priority.”
FCO’s advice page of India travel lists the city-specific webpages which are to be used by British nationals to get their bookings for flights and to submit their details.
Further adding, FCO said that nationals who will be eligible to take flights will get access to information to reach airports directly and take flights upon confirmation of their seats. Booking portal will be showing all the details related to allowances-luggage, cost of the flight and availability of carriers will be ensured.
Apart from India, British nationals have been rescued from the Philippines, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nepal, Ghana, Tunisia, Algeria and Peru.