Mutant Covid: Only three more UK-India flights to arrive before ops ban

According to industry insiders, all the three flights will be ferrying a total of more than 500 passengers.
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New Delhi: Only three flights from the UK to India are expected to arrive at the national capital’s IGI Airport ferrying more than 500 passengers before all operations to and from the European country are suspended till December 31.

The suspension will be enforced owing to concerns over a mutant strain of Covid-19 discovered in the UK.

Accordingly, an Air India flight is expected to arrive from London to New Delhi at around 10 p.m., followed by full-service airline Vistara’s London-Delhi flight which is expected to land at 11 p.m. Besides, Virgin Atlantic’s flight — VS302 — with over 240 passengers is scheduled to arrive at IGI Airport around 11.15 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to industry insiders, all the three flights will be ferrying a total of more than 500 passengers.

“All passengers will be subjected to RT-PCR test at the airport terminal only,” airport sources said.

Since Monday, five passengers from the UK have tested positive for Covid-19 after they arrived at the IGI Airport here. These passengers travelled in two flights which landed here at 10:30 p.m. on Monday and 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“Test results of all the passengers from the UK who arrived at the airport have come. Apart from five passengers, no one has been found to be positive with Covid-19,” Chetan Kohli, COO, Genestrings, the pathology lab authorised to test patients arriving at IGIA, informed IANS.

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