Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Australians stranded amid the world’s biggest COVID-19 lockdown in India are furious with the Australian government for ignoring their pleas to be airlifted home.

A concerted group effort headed by a few expatriates has seen four more flights organised to bring people home following the success of an initial charter flight using Indonesia’s Lion Air from Delhi to Melbourne on April 12. The carrier will also be used for the next group of flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

The latter two flights will leave on March 19 and 20 respectively, at a cost of $2200 per person.