Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged the Centre to consider
extending the ban on UK flights in view of
the increasing corona cases caused by the UK's mutant strain in the country.
The first flight
from the UK will arrive in India on January 8; flights no revised from 70 to 30
till Jan 23
The Centre partially lifted the ban and resumed India to UK flights from
January 6. The first flight from the UK will arrive in India on January 8. The
civil aviation ministry has revised the number of flights allowed to operate
between India and the UK and brought down the number to 30, from 70 till
A detailed guideline has also been
issued by the Union health ministry for passengers arriving in India from the
UK. However, the Delhi CM took to Twitter and urged the Centre to not lift the
ban until January 31.
After a new, possibly more contagious strain of Coronavirus was detected in
the United Kingdom in December, several countries imposed a ban on flights from
the UK. India, too, on December 21 announced an embargo on UK flights which was
effective from December 23 to December 31. Later, it was extended to January 7
Why lift ban and
expose our people to risk? Kejriwal tweeted
The Covid-19 situation in the United Kingdom is extremely serious, Delhi
chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted as he urged the Centre to reconsider the
lifting of restrictions. “With great difficulty, people have brought Covid-19
situation in control. UK’s COVID situation is very serious. Now, why lift ban
and expose our people to risk?” Kejriwal tweeted. As UK flights are mostly
destined to Delhi and Mumbai, the caseload of the cities might get affected by
the resumption of the flights.
Delhi and Mumbai Hyderabaad and Bengaluru airports also receive and sent
flights to United Kingdom directly. Chennai airport has been taken out of the
UK circuit by he government recently.
The UK on Wednesday recorded 1,041 deaths — the highest since the peak of
the pandemic since April last year. The number of people who have tested
positive for the new UK variant of virus in India has reached 73, according to
the health ministry on Wednesday.