Governor Confirms British Airways Charter Flight

March 30, 2020 | 6 Comments

A British Airways charter flight will be bringing Bermudians home, Governor John Rankin confirmed, adding that the precise timing is not yet confirmed, but the flight will stop here, and then go to the Cayman Islands.

Speaking at the press briefing this evening [March 30], the Governor said, “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office recognizes the importance of helping Bermudian students and others in the UK who want to get back home, so I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the UK Minister for the Overseas Territories Baroness Sugg has today approved an air bridge flight between the UK and the Overseas Territories in this region.

“A British Airways charter flight will come from the UK to Bermuda, and then go on to the Cayman Islands. The precise timing of this flight is still to be confirmed, but it is likely to be in the first half of next week.”

The Governor added that the flight will also carry cargo and supplies. We will update with the Governor’s full statement as able, and in the meantime, the video extract is below.

Premier David Burt has previously said, ““I think it is important to note, I want to say this because I know there has been public criticism that has been leveled at the government for advertise the fact that we are looking to bring stranded Bermudian students back home. I have to state this. I consider it our moral obligation to take care of our persons who are stranded, some of them in very desperate situations.

“Imagine being overseas, your dorm being closed. Persons around you being able to travel home back and you are by yourself. Food service for your dormitory is ending. This is the situation some of our students overseas have found themselves in.

“However, it should be noted that the Cabinet on Friday decided that any person who is returning back home, in any future air bridge operation from the United Kingdom will be not allowed to self-quarantine but will be required to stay in a government approved quarantine facility.

“Which most likely will be a hotel. So Government approved and Government monitored facility. These are the same arrangements that are being made in other Overseas Territories. The fact remains, that the Government wants to bring Bermudians home who are stranded due to no fault of their own.”

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  1. BA is wring says:

    Good news. Can the Governor also instruct BA to stop taking unnecessary money from families that already brought their children home as things escalated. They charged families criminal levels for one way flights when their online system was offline for booking changes to existing flights and refuse to refund. They deserve to go bankrupt.

    • trufth says:

      In addition to the stupid amount of money you spent getting your own child home when you were told to do so, you (and I) now get to pay for these other students who DID NOT come home when they were told.

      I mean, c’mon, schools/dorms/dining halls have all been closed for at least 3 weeks or more. Why didn’t they come home then, while our airport was still open?? What have they been doing and where have they been staying all this time? Perhaps they should just continue staying there.

    • Yes says:

      Agreed! British Airways are exploiting customers. Hoping the government releases booking information with sufficient time before the flight as well.

  2. Your joking says:

    So how many students will be returning…and what ridiculous price will BA be charging either the students or government??

    • Kevin Dallas says:

      The flight is a charter, so the charterer – which in this case I guess is the UK FCO – will set the price paid by passengers.

  3. Marcusbmco says:

    Again, the “poor students” game. No details. When details come any Bermudian who might attemt to connect with flight will pay a fortune/ransom and still connecting flight could be cancelled leaving them buying more tickets without refund. Might as well of made no announcement without details. No reply from Gov from form filled out… stranded in Asia…

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