Monday, April 06, 2020

UK to send 7 charter flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa to fly stranded nationals back

Chandigarh: Giving much awaited relief to around 20,000 British nationals stranded in India, UK is sending seven charter flights to fly its nationals back from New Delhi, Mumbai and Goa airports between April 8 and April 12.
The charter flights will depart for London on April 9 and 11 from New Delhi and Mumbai international airports and on April 8, 10 and 12 from Goa international airport. Though a considerable number of UK nationals are expected to be stranded in Punjab, no flights have been announced from either Amritsar or Chandigarh airport. However, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh assured that his government would facilitate travel of foreign nationals to the nearest airports.
UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi tweeted, “Why isn’t one of these (at least) from Amritsar? Given the huge numbers within Punjab, especially elderly and those fast running out of medicine, surely that should have been actioned. No doubt questions will be raised afterwards about numbers stranded in different locations.”
UK announced the first seven charter flights from India on Sunday. These are part of a 75 million pound package announced on March 30. More charter flights from India are yet to be announced by the UK government.
06/04/20 Sanjeev Verma/Times of India

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