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Flights between India and UK will resume from January 8 on a restricted basis, says civil aviation minister


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday that flights to and from the UK will resume in a phased manner from January 8 onwards. Flights to and from the UK until January 23 will be restricted to 15 flights per week for each airline belonging to both India and the UK.

The minister further added that these flights will only operate from New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. He said: “It has been decided that flights between India and the UK will resume from January 8, 2021. Operations until January 23 will be limited to 15 flights per week each for airlines from the two countries. to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad “. only. @DGCAIndia will post details shortly. “

Flights to and from the UK were initially suspended on December 21 for fear that a new mutated strain of the coronavirus, believed to be more infectious, was first discovered in the UK. The initial suspension of flights was until December 31, but on Wednesday the General Directorate of Civil Aviation modified its order to extend the ban until the suspension of international flights until January 31. The DGCA also said that international flights to and from the UK will remain suspended. until January 7.

The flights were suspended on the recommendation of the union’s Ministry of Health. The government has made efforts to locate thousands of people who have entered India from the UK in recent weeks. A total of 29 people have been detected with the new British variant of Covid-19. Norway also lifted its flight suspension order with the United Kingdom on Friday.

Hindustan Times