Restriction on India-UK flights extended till February 14
File photo of passengers queuing outside Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, Britain on June 8, 2020.Tim Ireland/Xinhua/IANS

Restriction on India-UK flights extended till February 14

New Delhi, January 27, 2021

The Government on Wednesday extended the restriction on flights between India and the United Kingdom upto midnight of February 14, 2021.

"The competent authority has further extended the restriction on flights between India and UK upto 14 February, 2021 (23.59 hrs)," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.

"The other terms and conditions of the said letter shall remain unchanged.

"UK carriers may file their bubble schedule accordingly to DGCA for approval."

Flight services between India and UK resumed from January 6, while those from UK to India recommenced from January 8.

Last month, these services were suspended to stop the spread of a mutant Covid-19 strain which was recently discovered in the UK.

Several countries, including India, had suspended flight services to the UK in the wake of the new mutant Covid-19 strain.

The suspension commenced with effect from 11.59 p.m. on December 22.

The initial decision was to suspend flights till December 31. However, in the wake of increasing cases of the new strain, it was decided to extend the temporary suspension of flights to and from the UK till January 7.

Prior to the suspension, over 60 flights per week were being operated between UK and India.

Airlines such as Vistara, Air India, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways operate flights between the two countries.

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