The Boarding Schools’ Association is organising flights for Chinese students to help them return to their UK schools in an effort to tackle travel disruption caused by Covid-19.

Caroline Nixon, the BSA’s international director, took 70 students last month and placed them on two existing scheduled flights, both from Qingdao in China to Heathrow airport in China. She confirmed that the schools paid for the flights, and then invoiced the students’ parents. 

“70 students have got back to school who otherwise would not have done” 

Nixon told The PIE News that BSA may continue to organise further flights for international students after term starts and schools know exactly how many students have not returned. 

“Both UUKi and BSA were trying to organise some flights because the Chinese government has said there can only be one flight in and out of China per week per airline. 

“These flights are being cancelled at very short notice if there’s any kind of issue,” she said. 

Read more : Will Nott : The PIE News : 04 September 2020