India-UK air journey to renew from 8 January; 30 flights to function per week, says govt


Carriers from India and the UK will every be working 15 flights per week until 23 January to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad solely

File picture of Hardeep Singh Puri. ANI

New Delhi: Only 30 flights per week will function between India and the UK when providers resume from 8 January, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri introduced on Friday and mentioned this association will proceed until 23 January.

Indian and UK carriers will every be working 15 flights per week through the aforementioned interval to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad solely, he mentioned.

Over 60 passenger flights per week had been flying between India and the UK in December.

However, the Aviation Ministry suspended all passenger flights connecting the 2 nations from 23 December onward as a brand new variant of coronavirus emerged within the UK.

The minister had introduced on Wednesday that passenger flights between the UK and India would stay suspended until 7¬†January and they’ll resume in a “strictly regulated” method thereafter. The earlier suspension interval was from 23 to 31 December.

Puri tweeted on Friday, “It has been decided that flights between India and UK will resume from 8 January 2021.”

“Operations till 23 January will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of the two countries to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad only,” he added.

The Health Ministry had introduced on Tuesday that samples of all worldwide passengers who arrived in India from 9-22 December and examined optimistic for COVID-19 shall be subjected to genome sequencing, which helps in understanding how the brand new virus variant spreads and evolves.

The presence of the brand new UK variant of the virus has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended within the nation since 23 March as a result of pandemic.
However, airways have been permitted to function particular worldwide flights beneath the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and beneath the bilateral air bubble pacts since July.

India has fashioned air bubble pacts with 24 nations, together with the UK.

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