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US News Coronavirus: UK government unveils repatriation plan with airlines to bring Brits back home

19:55  30 march  2020
19:55  30 march  2020 Source:   uk.finance.yahoo.com

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The UK government outlined how it is trying to help hundreds of thousands of British travellers back home by working with other governments and the airlines amid the coronavirus pandemic by sealing a new arrangement.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said at the government’s daily press conference on updates about the coronavirus pandemic that “this government is working around the clock, support, advise, and to get British travellers back home.”

He said that an “unprecedented” amount of Britons trying to get back home — from backpackers to elderly couples on cruises, in the hundreds of thousands. He said it would be a “team effort,” working with airlines and governments to get Britons back home, from keeping ports and airports open as well as making sure there are travel options available.

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repatriation plan to help hundreds of thousands of Britons stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, The The Foreign Secretary has been attempting to keep air routes open across the world to help UK Dominic Raab will on Tuesday set out a repatriation plan to help hundreds of thousands of Britons The Foreign Office is also continuing to work with airlines to tackle the soaring price of

Both airlines are allocating bigger planes to the routes in order to accommodate passengers and both airlines have waived booking and seat fees for The move was made in response to the decision of the Polish Government to “lock down” the entire country to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The plan includes partnering with airlines British Airways, Virgin, EasyJet, and Titan schedule flights when normal commercial ones are not available. It will also be for those travelling from priority countries.

The Department of Health says as of 9am local time today that a total of 134,946 people in the UK have been tested for COVID-19 and 22,141 have tested positive. Those who have died from coronavirus now is at 1,408.

Earlier today, one of Europe’s largest budget airlines, EasyJet announced that it would be grounding its entire fleet of planes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The group confirmed in a statement on Monday 30 March that due to “the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments” in response to stopping the spread of COVID-19, it will also be putting its cabin crew on a two-month leave of absence.

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RAF voyager transport planes could be deployed to bring UK citizens home from places such as So far the government has only chartered a few British Airways flights to evacuate the most Keeping key airports and commercial airlines providing 1000s of seats between them is therefore our current

The UK government and the devolved administrations, including the health and social care what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

EasyJet also reiterated that it had worked with union Unite to “collaboratively” reach an agreement to furlough arrangements for its cabin crew. “As of 1 April 2020, the crew will be paid 80% of their average pay through the government job retention scheme while they are on two month leave of absence.”

It said that “over recent days easyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers. The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday 29 March.  We will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested.”

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA), an aviation industry trade group, said that airlines could lose between $63bn (£50bn) and $113bn in revenues as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

A number of airlines have already collapsed or are seeking state aid amid the spread of COVID-19. For example, Flybe was pushed into administration, immediately grounding all of the airline’s flights and putting around 2,400 jobs at risk. Even major international carriers, such as Virgin Atlantic are seeking state help.

On 24 March, UK chancellor Rishi Sunak warned the aviation industry that “bespoke support” would only be provided to companies if they cannot receive the required assistance from banks and shareholders.

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