Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced the Government will work with commercial airlines to help stranded Britons get home.

The Foreign Office has set aside £75million to charter flights to get those stuck abroad home from areas where commercial routes are no longer running.

In areas where commercial flights can still run, the Government will work with airlines to get people home.

10 Downing Street handout photo of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab answering questions from the media

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Mr Raab said: "I can today announce a new arrangement between the Government and airlines to fly home tens of thousands of stranded British travellers, where commercial flights are no longer possible."

He added: "Under the arrangements that we are putting in place we will target flights from a range of priority countries, starting this week."

Virgin, easyJet, Jet2 and Titan Airways signed a memorandum of understanding negotiated by the Foreign Secretary and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Monday.

British Airways has said they will work with Government to get people home and other airlines are expected to join.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Public Health England medical director Yvonne Doyle answering questions

Mr Raab added that the government would provide the "necessary financial support for special charter flights to bring UK nationals back home".

He said: "Once special charter flights have been arranged, we will promote them through the Government's travel advice and by the British embassy or High Commission in the relevant country.

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"British travellers who want a seat on those flights will book and pay directly through a dedicated travel management company.

"We have designated £75 million to support those flights and the airlines in order to keep the costs down and affordable for those seeking to return to the UK."

Mr Raab said priority would be given to the most vulnerable - including the elderly or those with pressing medical needs - and also to countries where there are large numbers of British tourists trying to return to the UK.