UK flights resumed: The passenger civil aviation operations between India and UK have partially resumed. Air India flight from the UK with 256 passengers on board landed here on Friday morning.
The flights resumed after being suspended for 16 days amid concerns about a mutant fast-spreading strain of the Covid which emerged in UK.
Flight operations from India to the UK restarted from January 6, while services from the UK to India resumed on January 8.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had announced that only 30 flights per week - 15 each by Indian and UK carriers - will be allowed to operate between the two countries till January 23.
The Delhi airport has advised passengers to keep a gap of at least 10 hours between their arrival from the UK and the connecting flight to their cities.
Flights from India to the UK restarted on Wednesday even as the number of people who have tested positive for the new UK variant has climbed to 82.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Thursday urged the Centre to extend the flights ban till January 31 because of the “extremely serious” Covid situation in the UK.
Kejriwal tweeted, “The Centre has decided to lift the ban and start UK flights. In view of the extremely serious situation in the UK, I would urge the central government to extend the ban till January 31,”
In Delhi, 13 people have tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19.