Airline staff at Bali airport give British tourists a musical send-off

This is the heartwarming moment airline staff serenade British tourists with a John Lennon classic as they board a rescue flight in Bali.

Footage shows upbeat employees playing the tambourine and singing 'Stand by Me' as they wave goodbye to tourists leaving the tropical island paradise.

The clip was taken by Joel Nantel and his girlfriend Millie Sandy, 24, who had to cut their three-month tour of Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo and the Phillipines short due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cathay Pacific staff played the tambourine and sung John Lennon's 'Stand by Me' as stranded British tourists boarded the repatriation flight in Denpasar, Bali

The  Condor flight headed from Bali to Frankfurt, with British nationals then asked to find a transfer

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Cathay Pacific staff played the tambourine and sung John Lennon's 'Stand by Me' as stranded British tourists boarded the repatriation flight in Denpasar, Bali

Joel Nantel and Millie Sandy, 24, were stranded in Bali when their flights were cancelled

Joel Nantel and Millie Sandy, 24, were stranded in Bali when their flights were cancelled

The video also shows a member of staff playing the guitar as another conducts the impromptu choir.

It was filmed on March 30 as Mr Nantel and other tourists boarded an emergency Condor repatriation flight from Denpasar, Bali, to Frankfurt, Germany.

The British embassy in Indonesia had advised those stuck on the island to board this flight and then take a transfer to get back to the UK.

Posting the video on social media Mr Nantel said: 'This is the send off we got from airline staff at Bali airport as we boarded our rescue flight home, courtesy of the British embassy.

'Brought a huge smile to our faces after such a stressful ordeal! Finally home safe and sound.'

The couple had faced at least three cancelled flights after they were forced to return to Bali from Lombok, Indonesia, due to the outbreak.

The couple had at least three flights cancelled before they managed to find a way home

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The couple had at least three flights cancelled before they managed to find a way home

They also decided to return to Bali from Lombok after discovering their flight to the Philippines had been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak

They also decided to return to Bali from Lombok after discovering their flight to the Philippines had been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak

The pair had been in the second month of their three-month trip around southeast Asia

The pair had been in the second month of their three-month trip around southeast Asia

'I don't really know how to put into words how we're currently feeling right now,' Ms Sandy said on Instagram on March 24.

'We're currently stuck in Bali after our third flight being cancelled making us officially Brits stranded abroad.

'We have no way of getting back to the UK and are resigned to relying on our government to send emergency flights for British nationals.'

On March 14 she wrote: 'Not gonna lie, today has got me STRESSED about Covid-19.

'We were supposed to fly to the Philippines tomorrow, but we woke up to find out all our flights have been cancelled!

'We've decided to go back to Bali to see some friends and enjoy a few weeks of good food and diving, but it's looking like we're going to be heading home early.'

The couple were forced to cut their travel plans short on March 22 due to the global lockdown as the number of cases of coronavirus accelerated worldwide.

Bali has virtually cleared of tourists since the coronavirus lockdown. Above are travellers atthe Jimbaran beach in Bali this morning, despite it being closed due to the outbreak

Bali has virtually cleared of tourists since the coronavirus

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