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Old 16th Apr 2020, 16:30
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You are a lucky one, my flight to Beirut was cancelled over three weeks ago and I am still waiting for my refund.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 16:57
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Originally Posted by bcn_boy
You are a lucky one, my flight to Beirut was cancelled over three weeks ago and I am still waiting for my refund.
Likewise, Iím due to fly in less than a week (return flight cancelled by BA but outbound is still running), when I call there is ďnobody freeĒ and I get automatically disconnected, and my plans are such that I cannot accept a voucher. Appreciate itís difficult times but it is very frustrating.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 17:18
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Maybe I just got lucky with the phones today. Perhaps I should do the lottery this week!
But just wanted to post to show there is some hope of getting some money back.
Not having so much luck with wizzair and love holidays, but feel BA deserves some credit.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 18:09
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I see the first of 5 747 for storage in Gloucester airport arrived to day 16-4-2020.I don't know how much storage they have there.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 18:38
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Originally Posted by yeo valley
I see the first of 5 747 for storage in Gloucester airport arrived to day 16-4-2020.I don't know how much storage they have there.
Today's was the third BA 747 to go to Kemble this week.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 18:39
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yeo - do you mean Kemble, or do you mean Gloucestershire ?
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 20:28
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Originally Posted by davidjohnson6
yeo - do you mean Kemble, or do you mean Gloucestershire ?
Kemble, aka Cotswold Airport.

Even if a 747 could stop before the end of Staverton's 4800' runway, it wouldn't be able to taxy anywhere.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 20:38
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK
Kemble, aka Cotswold Airport.

Even if a 747 could stop before the end of Staverton's 4800' runway, it wouldn't be able to taxy anywhere.
Might be a way of BA making some money - I'd pay to see it. Oh, wait...
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 06:27
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BA are flying a lot of repatriation flights lately from India, Bangladesh, West Africa and other destinations. Are all these passengers tested for the virus at the first point of entry into the UK (presumably LHR) or are they allowed straight through after immigration and customs?
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 06:47
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BA are flying a lot of repatriation flights lately from India, Bangladesh, West Africa and other destinations. Are all these passengers tested for the virus at the first point of entry into the UK (presumably LHR) or are they allowed straight through after immigration and customs?
Assuming this isnít a rhetorical question then no. NHS staff are struggling to get tested let alone the general public coming off a flight. They will probably be told to self isolate for 14 days, but will probably be infecting things and people on the way home if they have the virus. Itís all a bit of a farce really.
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 06:54
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Crew meal what purpose would a test actually achieve and especially the UK governments preferred test for antibodies - Positive result just means you have been in contact with the reagent !

Does not tell you definitively whether thats benign and you are immune, a carrier or infected at the time. A high temperature on its own doesn’t either,

Aside from the FACT that one of the disease centres on the planet is the UK itself.

OH and don’t get me on that half assed NHS testing programme - Who ever thought it was a good idea to stick these at out of town car parks miles from the NHS hospitals , force NHS staff from differing districts together and somehow believe all even have access to their own transport or are able to waste their own time travelling - Cummings the lunatic !

All arrivals should certainly stay home however thats for their own benefit and as we have crashed the economy they probably have no work to go to anyway !

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Old 21st Apr 2020, 10:40
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"Aside from the FACT that one of the disease centres on the planet is the UK itself."

Forget about testing people coming in - given the UK;s position right now they should be testing people LEAVING to save infections in other countries
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 08:22
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Originally Posted by Asturias56
"Aside from the FACT that one of the disease centres on the planet is the UK itself."

Forget about testing people coming in - given the UK;s position right now they should be testing people LEAVING to save infections in other countries
Quite so and Agreed !

Think the New Zealand Pm said something similar didn’t she
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 08:56
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This what the New Zealand government has to say about travel to NZ: -

People will no longer be able to complete their 14-day isolation period at home. Arrivals assessed as high-risk of COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine facilities, while all other arrivals will be placed in managed isolation facilities.

So on arrival at AKL you will be sent to a designated hotel and required to spend your quarantine or isolation time there.
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 10:39
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A shopping trip this morning in West London and a visit to my local high street last night clearly displayed numerous people out and about. The latter looked at the the pre - virus level of people and the former after a 40 minute queue found the store inhabitants observing little or no distancing and many family groups.

My point is that tests or not people are coming out anyway as they have had enough! I do not condone this but the attitude i,s if has not effected me then I will carry on as normal. Irrespective of death totals and daily infections the populous need to return to work without delay, that is those that have a job, career to go back to. If not we can look forward to riots in the inner cities in the near future.
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 13:32
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Originally Posted by crewmeal
BA are flying a lot of repatriation flights lately from India, Bangladesh, West Africa and other destinations.
I think many of us are a bit mystified by these Repatriation Flights at this stage. Business and holiday travellers have been unable to go outward for over a month now, and the few of these that may have been on longer arrangements returned early on flights anyway, often sparsely filled. Those who have been there semi-permanently would be likely to be in housing accommodation, and are as well there as elsewhere.

So where does this need for repatriation after all this time come from ?
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 13:51
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Quite a lot backpackers and gap year folk I should think.

In India for example lockdown meant lockdown initially imposed within 4 hours and those there had to make special arrangements to leave.

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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 14:38
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I have been stuck in Israel for a few weeks caring for a family member and now need to return to the UK. I am aware of others who have been here for sound reasons but now need to return as well. There were no obvious options to do that until there was news that BA were starting daily flights to TLV from 1 May. In truth they have been flying daily anyway but presumably without passengers as the flights appear on FR24 but not on any website offering tickets.

But rumours abound that these flights will not happen and we will remain stuck here for some time. Does anyone have any information about these flights and if they will actually take off?

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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 15:20
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I have been stuck in Israel for a few weeks caring for a family member and now need to return to the UK.
I believe this is not a BA issue but the Israel government closing the borders except to returning residents.
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Quite a lot backpackers and gap year folk I should think.
I doubt there are many backpackers in West Africa, unless I have completely misunderstood the market.
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Old 28th Apr 2020, 17:06
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Unlikely to come as a great surprise, but still not fun... 12,000 staff at risk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52462660
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