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British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 39457, tabled on 24 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the ticket cost of £581 per person for UK nationals returning from India was determined; and if he will make a statement.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

30 April 2020

Flight prices are based on the actual cost of each charter, which varies. To set a limit on the costs to travellers, we have capped prices: for flights under 6 hours at £400; 6-10 hours at £600; and 10 hours + at £800 (using the airline industry's 'time in air' calculator).

Costs above this amount are borne by the Government. We are determined that the cost of a flight will not be a barrier to bringing British travellers home. Often the cost will be covered by travel insurance; financial support is available where necessary.

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