Antiguans among 600 British visitors returned home to the UK


Nearly 600 British visitors returned home to the UK from several islands across the
Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, on the latest series of repatriation flights
organised by the British Government.

The two flights departed from the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados
for London Heathrow, on 3 and 4 June.

In the most complex repatriation effort undertaken by the British Government to date,
sweeper flights facilitated by LIAT Airlines brought British travellers from Antigua and
Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the
Grenadines, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and Trinidad and Tobago to
Barbados – to join the main British Airways transatlantic flights. On the 3 June leg of
the operation, a short stop was also made in Punta Cana after the plane departed
Barbados, enabling British travellers in the Dominican Republic to board the flight

Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Ms Lindsy Thompson, said:
“I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda,
and to all staff at VC Bird International Airport, for their co-operation and support
whilst the UK Government was organising these flights. Their efforts ensured our
customers received a warm farewell from Antigua and Barbuda”.

Priority was given to British travellers who were vulnerable. This includes those who
are elderly and others who have medical requirements, those travelling with young
children, and those located in more remote or at-risk areas across the region.

The UK Government is working with the airline industry and host governments
across the world to bring back British travellers to the UK as part of the plan
announced by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (30 March) – with up to £75
million available for special charter flights to priority countries

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