Friday, May 28, 2021

2,000 passengers travelled between UK and India in April – the month it was added to red list

Tens of thousands of people flew from India to the UK in April – the month it was put on the Government’s travel red list, according to new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

A total of 42,406 passengers travelled to and from the UK and India last month, figures published today by the CAA show.

The CAA does not provide a breakdown of how many travelled each way but it is understood a majority of the journeys were people heading back to the UK because of India’s devastating second wave of coronavirus and the fact the country was put on the red list on 23 April.

One air industry source told i that at least two thirds of those passengers were likely to be people arriving into the UK which would be a figure of around 28,000.

The number is slightly down on March where the total figure was 54,994, but that is unsurprising as India was red-listed in April and less flights were scheduled.

In April 2020, at the height of the pandemic just 11,453 passengers flew to and from India however in April 2019 – in pre-pandemic times – 191,907 passengers went between the two countries.

A total of 824,712 people flew into and out of the UK in April, the CAA figures show.

Spring time is traditionally a busy time for travel to India as it is before the monsoon season starts in June, although a deadly second wave of coronavirus has ravaged the country in recent weeks making it the epicentre of the global pandemic.

28/05/21 Hugo Daniel/iNews

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