India-UK flights to resume from Jan 8: Aviation Minister

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New Delhi (NVI): Flights between India and the UK, which were suspended in the wake of a highly contagious coronavirus strain detected in the United Kingdom, will resume from January 8 in a restricted manner, Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced today.

In a tweet, the Aviation Minister said that flight operation till January 23 will be restricted to 15 flights per week by each country. The flights to and from UK will be operating from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad only in India, he said.

“It has been decided that flights between India & 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,” Puri tweeted, adding that DGCA will issue the details shortly.

Earlier, the flights from UK were banned by the Centre from December 23 till December 31. On Wednesday, the ban was extended further till January 7.

The new Covid strain, which is said to be more infectious was detected in India last week in a traveller who had returned from UK. The total cases of the strain in India have reached 29 after four more cases were detected today.

Meanwhile, the Centre has established 10 labs across the country to do genome sequencing to identify new Covid-19 strain.