Hindustan Times (East UP)

Air India cancels UK flights from April 24 to 30 amid Covid curbs

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NEW DELHI : India’s flag carrier Air India on Wednesday announced the cancellati­on of all flights between India and the United Kingdom from April 24 to April 30.

The announceme­nt came a day after Britain placed India on its travel ‘red list’ over a surge in coronaviru­s disease (Covid-19) cases here.

During this period, the airline will run flights from Mumbai and Delhi only once per week. Air India further informed that detailed updates regarding the rescheduli­ng of the flights, refunds, and waivers would be announced soon on its website and social media channels.

“Passengers who were to travel between India & UK may note that in view of recent restrictio­ns announced by the UK, flights from/to the UK stand cancelled from 24th to 30th April 2021. Between 24th to 30th April 2021 we are in the process to schedule once a week flight to the UK from Delhi & Mumbai.

Informatio­n regarding the same will also be updated on our website and social media channels. Further updates regarding rescheduli­ng, refunds & waivers will be informed shortly,” news agency ANI cited Air India as stating.

The UK government added

India to its travel ban list, with the new rules coming into force at 4am (local time) on Friday, amid soaring coronaviru­s cases in the country and the emergence of a new variant that scientists fear could prove partly resistant to vaccines.

Under the new rules, anyone who is not a British or Irish national or doesn’t have UK residence permit will be refused entry into Britain if they have been in India in the last 10 days. Announcing the ban, British health secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Monday said that the curbs are necessary to “protect the progress we’ve made in this country in tackling this awful disease”.

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