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India may extend UK flights on temporary suspension

The Indian government is probably going to broaden the brief suspension of trips to and from the UK beyond 31 December. The suspension of flights was declared a week ago to forestall the spread of the new strain of the Covid that was recognized in the UK and is viewed as 70% more infectious.

I anticipate—I am not making a declaration—a slight expansion of the transitory suspension. I don't anticipate that that expansion should be long or inconclusive," civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said during a press conference on Tuesday.

When we have the genome grouping finished, it will give us the full picture and certainty to open up flight benefits once more, he added.

Before the suspension of trips since 23 December, more than 60 weekly flights conveying very nearly 2,500 travelers daily were operated between the two nations under a bilateral agreement.

The Govt is presently carrying out of travelers who arrived from the UK during the previous few weeks to prevent the spread of the new strain of the infection in India, Puri added.