Travel news latest: Repatriation flights begin for stranded Britons

British travellers are being urged to return home immediately, as airlines begin cancelling flights. 

EasyJet, the UK’s largest airline, told Telegraph Travel that it would be “required to further reduce” flights, and focus on the repatriation of Britons who are currently abroad.

“We will be operating flights up to and including the 10th January focused on repatriating any customers who need to return to the UK. We urge customers needing to return to transfer onto these flights as soon as possible as options to travel after this date will be reduced,” a spokesperson said. 

England’s third national lockdown begins today, with measures including a stay-at-home order. MPs are set to vote retrospectively on it later.

Thomas Cook, Tui and Virgin Holidays have all confirmed that they have scrapped their flight schedules until the middle of February due to what Virgin described as “extraordinary circumstances”.

Meanwhile, airlines flying into the UK will be required to stop passengers from boarding if they are unable to show a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure. It will cover all countries, including those with travel corridors under which travellers are currently exempted from quarantine on arrival in the UK.

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