BBC coronavirus: Airlines taking ‘mickey’ as British family charged £61k for flight home

Emily Thornberry told BBC Breakfast that a British family from Yorkshire that is stuck in Australia were quoted £61,000 for a flight back to England. The Labour MP blasted the situation as ridiculous and stated that some airlines were taking the mickey during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ms Thornberry said: “The Government has come out with more of the same.

“The Foreign Office has been talking about working with some commercial airlines about flight in the future, but it is all rather vague.

“They have done something in Peru, I want to give them more credit for that.

“They have charted flights coming back from Peru.

“But the vast majority of British people who are stuck abroad are in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia.

“They are finding it impossible to work with commercial airlines because first of all the flights keep getting cancelled, the information they are getting in not consistent.”

She continued: “Frankly, some airlines are just taking the mickey.

“I know a family from Yorkshire who went over to Australia because their place was flooded, they went on holiday with a couple of grandparents.

“There are six of them and they are now stuck.

“The commercial airline will take them home, but they want to charge them £61,000.

“It is ridiculous!”

At the time of writing Britain has the 8th highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world.

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The UK has more than 22,000 cases in total.

The death toll in Britain is currently 1,408. 

Worldwide there have been more than 786,000 COVID-19 cases. 

The death toll has reached more than 37,000 at the time of writing.

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