Extreme’ cost to taxpayer as Jamaica deportation flights leave ‘virtually empty’

Government deportation flights to Jamaica have been operating with only a handful of people onboard, newly-released figures show.

The Home Office statistics disclose that 140 people with criminal convictions were deported on six flights between 2016 and 2021.

Some of the chartered aircraft have left ‘virtually empty’ at ‘extreme’ cost to British taxpayers, one prominent community leader said.

The disclosures come ahead of another controversial removal operation which is scheduled to take place on November 10.

The flights all left from unspecified UK airports and arrived at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston during the time-frame, the documents released to Metro.co.uk show.

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