India Extends Restriction On UK Flights Till April 15

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India on Sunday has extended the restrictions on the number of flights allowed to operate to and from the UK till 15th April 2021 amid the risk of new coronavirus strain.

According to the sources, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in a letter to United Kingdom’s (UK) Airlines said that the restrictions on flights between India and the UK have been extended till April 15 (23.59 hours).

As per the restrictions put by the government, India will only allow 30 weekly flights to & from the UK till April 15.

The flight operation between both countries has resumed on 08th January with a limited capacity of 15 weekly flights by Indian and UK carriers, till 23rd January 23 which is later extended till the end of January 2021.

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The decision has been taken based on the situation of the new and more infectious strain of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.

Flight Operation Between India and UK

India had put an embargo on flight services between the two countries in December last year. Initially, the ban was till December 31 but was later extended to the first week of January.

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

Currently, flights to and from the UK are operating out of only Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

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Indian airlines — Air India and Vistara operate 15 flights a week and British carriers — British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will also be allowed the same number.


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