New Delhi (NVI): Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said that he foresees a short extension on the temporary suspension of flights from the United Kingdom due to a new variant of coronavirus.
While addressing the media, Puri also added that the extension will not be indefinite or too long.
“I foresee a slight extension of the temporary suspension. I don’t expect that extension to be a long or indefinite extension. In the next day or two, we will find out if any additional steps need to be taken, or when we can start easing the current temporary suspension,” Hardeep Singh Puri said.
“Once we have the genome sequence completed, it will give us the full picture and confidence to open up flight services again,” he added.
India had suspended all flights from Britain last week until the end of the month as the new variant of the virus detected in the United Kingdom triggered widespread concern and travel restrictions across the world.
Prior to the suspension of flights since December 23, over 60 weekly flights carrying almost 2,500 passengers a day were operated between the two countries under a bilateral agreement.