Air India suspends flights between UK-India due to rising COVID-19 cases

Further updates regarding rescheduling, refunds and waivers will be informed later.

Amid rising COVID-19 cases, air line company Air India has announced that all flights between UK and India stand cancelled from 24 to 30 April, 2021. In a statement, Air India said, “Passengers who were to travel between India and UK may note that in view of recent restrictions announced by the UK, flights from or to the UK stand cancelled from April 24 to April 30.”

Further updates regarding rescheduling, refunds and waivers will be informed later, it added. It said, “Between April 24 to April 30, we are in the process to schedule once a week flight to the United Kingdom from Delhi and Mumbai.”

The information regarding the same will also be updated on the website of Air India and social media channels, they said.

The United Kingdom added India to its travel “red list” on a precautionary basis after reporting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India, health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday. The British High Commission in India said that the decision is to help prevent the spread of variants of concern and protect the most vulnerable.

UK government website says for red list countries: “If you have been in or through any of the (red list countries) in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK. If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.”
The reduced entry eligibility norms will see the 30 weekly flights (15 each by Indian and British carriers) operated by Air India, Vistara, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic getting reduced. The other three airlines are yet to say how they are tweaking their flight numbers.
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