Coronavirus: Government working ‘round the clock’ to get Brits home from abroad

The government has said it will continue to work with airlines to get more Brits home from abroad in the coming days.

In the government’s daily briefing, business secretary Alok Sharma said: “We will continue to work with airlines to get people home through commercial means but also through repatriation charter flights.

“The Foreign Office is working hard to get more flights confirmed in the coming days.”

The FCO has already chartered three British Airways flights to help repatriate stranded tourists from Peru, with the first flight due to depart from Lima on Sunday, March 29. The FCO has also said it would charter domestic flights from Cusco and Arequipa to Lima so that UK nationals can transfer to the London-bound fights.

The first government-chartered rescue flight for Britons in Peru landed in the UK on March 26.

Sharma added: “We have laid on repatriation flights and we will continue to work round the clock to make sure we get our people back.”

More at: Coronavirus: Latest news and updates

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