Friday, March 26, 2021

Restrictions extended: India to allow 30 weekly flights to & from UK till April 15

New Delhi: India on Friday extended the restriction on number of flights allowed to and from UK till mid-April. Till then at least, Indian airlines — Air India and Vistara will operate 15 flights a week and British carriers — British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will also be allowed the same number.

India had suspended flights to and from UK from December 23, 2020, due to the new and more infectious strain of Coronavirus found there.

67 flights per week were being operated by British Airways (29), Air India (23), Virgin Atlantic (8) and Vistara (7) between London. While 10 Indian cities including Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa, Amritsar and Kochi were under the air bubble agreement.

Earlier, almost 2,000-2,500 passenger used to fly to India daily on these 67 weekly flights (66 from London Heathrow and one from Birmingham).

Then from January 8, 2021, India allowed partial resumption with Indian and British carriers asked to operate 30 flights weekly to a few metros here.

At that time, the resumption happened by stipulating that everyone flying in from the UK will require a Covid negative report to be allowed to board flights to India and also undergo testing on arrival here too.

26/03/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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