A day after the civil aviation ministry made up our minds to renew flights between India and the United Kingdom from January 8, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday offered more clarification and said flights from India to the United Kingdom can start on January 6, while operations from the United Kingdom to India will begin on January 8. The schedule is legal till January 23. Till then 30 flights will function each week, including 15 every by Indian and UK carriers, the minister said.
Resumption of flights between India & UK:
India to UK from 6 Jan 2021.
UK to India from 8 Jan 2021.
30 flights will function each week. 15 every by Indian & UK carriers.
This schedule is legal till 23 Jan 2021. Further frequency will be decided after review.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) January 2, 2021
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 December 21, which became effective from December 23. To start with the ban used to be till December 31, but used to be later extended to January 7. On Friday, the civil aviation ministry announced that the embargo will be partially lifted starting from January 8, with only a limited number of flights.
After India resumed steady flights to the United Kingdom 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 January 23.