A total of five rescue flights are set to operate between Amritsar and London this week, after two extra services were added due to high demand.

Last week the British High Commission confirmed plans for 12 charter flights to bring home British travellers stranded in India, on top of the seven which had previously been announced.

These included flights from Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai.

And now the Acting High Commissioner to India, Jan Thompson has tweeted this morning that two additional services will operate between Amritsar and London, making five flights in total from the northwestern Indian city this week.

Thompson said that the additional flights – which will operate on April 16 and 18 – were as a result of existing services being “over-subscribed”, and would be prioritised for those already on the waiting list.

Travellers seeking to return to the UK from India should visit this page on the gov.uk website.