In view of government's directive to extend the suspension of flights to and from UK, till 7th January, Air India is offering one-time free rescheduling, rerouting for travel to be completed within 31st Dec '21 for ticketed itinerary between 1st & 7th January, 2021.
India's Civil Aviation Minister on Wednesday said that the ban on international flights to and from UK has been extended till January 7. He further mentioned that the flights thereafter January 7 will be strictly regulated, details for which will be announced shortly. "Decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of flights to & from the UK till 7 January 2021.
#FlyAI : In view of GoI directive on extension of suspension of flights to and from UK, till 7th January, Air India is offering one-time free rescheduling, rerouting for travel to be completed within 31st Dec '21 for ticketed itinerary between 1st & 7th January, 2021. — Air India (@airindiain) December 31, 2020
HS Puri, in a press conference held yesterday, said that the government is planning to extend the ban on flights to and from from UK in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus. "I foresee a slight extension of the temporary suspension. I don't expect that extension to be a long or indefinite extension," Hardeep Singh Puri told reporters.
Ministry of Civil Aviation, last week, announced to temporarily suspend all flights originating from UK to India starting December 23. The flight ban will be in place till December 31, 11.59 PM. An official statement by Ministry of Civil Aviation said - "Considering the prevailing situation in the UK, Indian govt has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India shall be temporarily suspended till 11:59 pm, 31st December. This suspension to start w.e.f. 11.59 pm, 22nd December: Ministry of Civil Aviation."
In an exclusive interview given to CNN-News18, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that all passengers coming to India from UK will be subject to RT-PCR tests and will have to undergo mandatory 7 days quarantine. He further stated that the temporary suspension will be up for review at a later date.
Earlier yesterday, Pakistan also extended the ban on flights from the UK for another week over fears of a new variant of the coronavirus which is reportedly spreading at a much faster rate. The extension was announced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after the government decided that the threat level regarding the virus from the UK had not reduced.