Amid the COVID-19 surge, Air India has cancelled all its flights from and to the United Kingdom from April 24 to 30 after the UK added India to its travel “red list”.
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.” Air India will soon update the passengers regarding rescheduling, refunds and waivers. Air India further informed that between 24th to 30th April 2021, it will start a process to schedule once a week flight to the UK from Delhi and Mumbai. Further updates regarding rescheduling, refunds, and waivers will be informed later, it added. This essentially means that all arrivals from India to the United Kingdom will be banned. However, British national flying from India will be allowed to return. Such passengers would need to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days. The compulsory hotel quarantine is mandatory for all travellers in the UK. There are 40 countries on UK’s red list and India was added to the same after 103 cases of the so-called Indian variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, were detected in the UK.