Flights between UK and India resume, strict guidelines in place

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New Delhi (NVI): The flight operations between the United Kingdom (UK) and India resumed today, after remaining suspended for 16 days due to new COVID-19 strain.

According to the reports, an Air India flight carrying 256 passengers landed in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport from London this morning.

The flights from the UK resumed today, after the government suspended services between India and UK on December 23 over the new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus that was discovered in the Britain.

On January 6, flight operations from India to UK resumed with first Air India flight carrying 252 passengers to the UK left Delhi’s IGI airport.

Moreover, the Health Ministry has put out the standard operating procedure (SOP) for travellers entering India between January 8 and January 30. Under the SOPs, all passengers will have to undergo mandatory self-paid RT-PCR tests on arrival and will be kept in isolation if the results are positive.

The passengers arriving from the UK would have to bring his or her COVID-19 negative report from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey, it added.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had announced that only 30 flights per week will be allowed to operate between the two countries till January 23.

“30 flights will operate every week. 15 each by Indian & UK carriers. This schedule is valid till 23 Jan 2021. Further frequency will be determined after review,” Puri tweeted.

All the incoming flights will land only in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad.