They were all taken in for a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-approved centre, but the 129 passengers who were stranded in Britain are no doubt glad to be back home once they arrived on a British Airways charter flight on Monday.

The flight also delivered 1,800 COVID-19 test kits and personal protection equipment for emergency personnel, with the seniors and students on board when the flight touched down in Bermuda at 2pm from London’s Heathrow Airport.

Governor John Rankin, thanked Bermudian personnel who assisted and the Government’s London office for ensuring that “the elderly, young people and vulnerable persons were given priority”.

The flight, which was arranged with the British Government, left the island bound for the Cayman Islands, to take 59 residents of the UK Overseas Territory home with more emergency supplies bound for the Turks&Caicos Islands as well.

The aircraft was also scheduled to return to Britain with 103 British residents stuck in the Caribbean due to flight cancellations.