Government pledges £75m to repatriate stranded Brits

The British government has pledged to bring home thousands of travellers stuck abroad following a new agreement with airlines.

The global travel situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has seen many holidaymakers stranded overseas – leading to criticism of the authorities.

In response, Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, Jet2 and Titan Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding negotiated by the foreign and transport secretaries.

British Airways have also made clear it will work with the government in the national interest to get people home.

Foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said: “This is a worrying time for many British citizens travelling abroad.

“We’ve already worked with airlines and governments to enable hundreds of thousands to return home on commercial flights, and we will keep as many of those options open as possible.

“Where commercial flights are not possible, we will build on the earlier charter flights we organised back from China, Japan, Cuba, Ghana and Peru.

“The arrangements agreed today will provide a clearer basis to organise special charter flights where Britons find themselves stranded.”

UPDATE: The UK Government and the airline industry to fly home stranded British travellers.

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