The civil aviation ministry in India has decided to resume flights between India and the UK from 8 January. The civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, has also clarified and said flights from India to the UK can start on 6 January while operations from the UK to India will begin on 8 January. The schedule is valid till 23 January.
Till then 30 flights will operate every week, including 15 each by Indian and UK carriers, the minister said.
In the wake of the new mutant strain of Coronavirus, which is believed to be more contagious, India put an embargo on flight operations between the two countries on 21 December, which became effective from 23 December.
Initially, the ban was till 31 December but was later extended to 7 January. After India resumed regular flights to the UK under its air bubble agreement, 70 flights per week have been operated. The number has been brought down to 30 and will be revised only after 23 January.
So far, 29 people in India have tested positive for the new strain of virus.
As the flight operations are being resumed, the health ministry has drawn up a detailed guideline on how international passengers will be checked. All passengers will have to submit a self-declaration form on the online portal www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. Carrying a negative RT-PCR test report is must, a copy of which is to be uploaded on the portal.