Flights between India and the United Kingdom, suspended since December 23 to verify transmission of the brand new, extra contagious pressure of the novel coronavirus detected in that nation, will resume on January 8, the federal government stated on Friday night.
There can be solely 15 flights per week for the primary two weeks, the federal government stated.
Twenty-nine samples have thus far examined constructive for the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India, the Union Health Ministry stated on Friday.
“It has been decided that flights between India & the UK will resume from 8 Jan 2021. Operations till 23 Jan will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of the two countries to & from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Hyderabad only. DGCA will issue the details shortly,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri posted on Twitter.
The formal order saying the resumption of flights can be issued late on Friday or early on Saturday, a senior official on the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated. The regulator was ready for inputs from the Health Ministry on the rules to be issued to airports and airways, the official stated. Mandatory RT-PCR testing is prone to be a requirement for everybody arriving from the UK.
Flights had been initially suspended till December 31, and the suspension was then prolonged till January 7. The 15 weekly flights that can be allowed between January 8 and January 23 is lower than a fourth of the over 60 that related airports within the UK – primarily London – with Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Goa, and many others. each week earlier.
Apart from the UK, the brand new pressure has been present in a number of international locations together with the US, Canada, Singapore, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, and China. Flights between India and these international locations proceed to function.