Passengers arriving from the UK earlier than the suspension deadline can be mandatorily examined for Covid on arrival at Indian airports.
“Contemplating the prevailing state of affairs in UK, authorities of India has determined that each one flights originating from UK to India shall be quickly suspended until December 31, 2020 (11.59 pm). This suspension to start out from 11.59 pm on December 22,” the civil aviation ministry mentioned on Twitter.
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“As a measure of considerable precaution, passengers arriving from UK in all transit flights (flights which have taken off or flights that are reaching India earlier than 11.59 pm on December 22) must be topic to necessary RT-PCR take a look at on arrival on the airports involved,” the ministry added.
India has an air bubble settlement with UK that permits flights to be operated by airways of either side to fly people who find themselves eligible to take action as per present authorities norms. 4 airways — Air India, Vistara, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways — function over 40 weekly flights between India and UK.
Technically, India has suspended arrival of passengers from the UK. Nevertheless, it stays to be seen if any airline/s chooses to function flights from India with passengers and return empty from UK to India.
“We’re primarily seeing visitors to India on these flights and never a lot on the UK-bound sector. This is because of NRIs coming for the vacations and likewise Indian college students within the UK returning to the security of their houses right here,” mentioned a senior airline official.
Airways will supply their flexi rebooking coverage to all affected passengers.
Presently, British Airways operates 29 flights weekly between India and London Heathrow (LHR) — a day by day from Delhi and Mumbai; every and 5 occasions weekly from Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Air India has 23 weekly flights on India-UK routes, with 22 to London Heathrow (LHR) and one to Birmingham. It flies to LHR from eight Indian cities — Delhi (day by day), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa, Amritsar and Kochi. Whereas, Virgin Atlantic has eight weekly flights from LHR, 4 every to Delhi and Mumbai.
Vistara at the moment has a day by day flight on Delhi-LHR-Delhi routes. From January 16, 2021, it plans to start out thrice weekly on Mumbai-LHR-Mumbai route after which Delhi-London will turn into 4 occasions weekly.
SpiceJet had deliberate to start out London flights from Delhi and Mumbai from December 4 however indefinitely deferred the launch.
The brand new “uncontrolled” Covid virus variant is as much as 70% extra transmissible, although until now it’s not believed to be both extra lethal or be reacting in a different way to vaccines.