By: Sameep Singh Gumtala
The Government of India has extended the temporary ban on flights to India from the United Kingdom until January 7, following which a “strictly regulated” resumption will take place. The current suspension, which took effect from December 23, is in place until December 31.
The resumption of flights will be a relief to passengers who may be currently stuck in India or UK. Once the flights resume, people who may have to travel to the UK from India will also be able to do that.
After resumption, passengers can also start the travel on Air India flights from London Heathrow Airport & Birmingham Airport to Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport Amritsar and also return to the UK. The National carrier Air India operates one weekly flights from Amritsar to both the airports in UK.
In a tweet and Facebook post, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the resumption post January 7 will take place in a “strictly regulated” manner, but the detailed guidelines are yet to be issued by the government.
It is is likely that passengers arriving in India from the UK will be mandatorily made to undergo RT-PCR testing. In addition to this, once the government issues the guidelines for resumption, individual states may issue their own standard operating procedures.