India-UK flights to resume on January 8

A British Airways flight taking off | Photo: CNW

New Delhi, India — The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri informed that flight operations between India and the United Kingdom will resume from January 08 onwards after it was initially suspended due to the new Covid variant discovery in UK.

Minister Puri tweeted on Friday to inform the India will be resuming their flight operations to UK from January 08, 2021 onwards.

However, Minister Puri stated that till January 23, flight operations will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of two countries to & from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Hyderabad only.

On December 21, the Indian government imposed a temporary suspension on flights coming from UK as concerns of a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus being discovered in Britain was present.

As the new variant had managed to spread to several countries including India, France, Canada, Japan and Spain, many nations are once again expressing concern and are vigilant over the new strain as scientists informed that it is approximately 70 times more contagious and more difficult to control.

This is why, India announced that they will be extending the suspension of flights between India and UK till January 07.

While India has recorded additional four more cases of a strain of Covid-19, the overall tally has now increased to 20 cases within less than five days so far in the country.

All the infected people have been kept in single-room isolation in designated health care facilities by respective state governments in the country. For further precautions, the close contacts of the infected ones have also been put under quarantine.

According to the Ministry, from November 25 to December 23 midnight, there were about 33,000 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from UK. The Ministry informed that they are currently attempting to track all of these passengers and have them RT-PCR tested.