In a recent update, Air India has announced that it will suspend all its flights to and from Oman. All the international flights to the United Kingdom (UK) have also been suspended. Apparently, a new type of coronavirus is infecting people in the UK, and that is why the Indian government believes it to be the best in everyone’s interest to ban all the flights to the UK for now. At the same time, no more Air India flights will be flying to and from Oman post-December 22, 1 AM onwards — more details on the story ahead.
Oman Suspends International Flights, Ban on Flights to UK Will be There Until New Year
Oman has suspended all the international flights to and from other countries, and the suspension will come into effect from December 22, 1 AM. All the international flights to and from Oman will remain suspended until a week. This means that no more Air India flights to Oman from India from December 22, 1 AM for one week.
As for the UK ban, it will stand until December 31, 11:59 PM. After that, all the flights to the UK; to and from India will resume. The reason behind this ban is the new type of coronavirus found in the British land. Since the virus was spreading fast, it was only sensible of the Indian government to ban all the flights from India, to and from the UK.
Because this ban has been implemented recently, those people who were on board flights flying to India from the UK will have to go through a mandatory RT-PCR test at the airport. If any of the passengers is found to be COVID-19 positive, he/she will have to go under a mandatory institutional quarantine arranged by the state or the union territory governments.
The airports will also be equipped with adequate arrangements for conducting a proper RT-PCR test for the people who are flying to India from the UK. The decision to ban all the flights to the UK from the Indian government comes after considering the statement made by Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, that this new type of coronavirus is 70% more transmissible.