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As our radius for air travel slowly increases, Russia has followed suit with countries like the Maldives and Sri Lanka to open up flights to and from India again. On Saturday, Russian authorities announced that flights would resume between Moscow and New Delhi starting January 27, 2021.
Moscow-New Delhi flights to resume
The statement, shared post a meeting of the government’s coronavirus HQ, said that flights would resume between the Russian capital and the capital cities of India, Finland, Vietnam and Qatar after a certain epidemiological criterion has been met. Russia’s coronavirus cases have been improving, with only a 0.7% increase rate. India is among the four countries selected, given that the country has been witnessing fewer than 40 new cases per 1,00,000 people. The drop in infection rates was seen as a positive sign for travel between the two countries, Russia’s Federal Air Transport agency announced that return flights between Moscow and New Delhi will operate twice a week from January 27.
This comes as a big step for travel resumption for Russia, where international flights were suspended since the early weeks of the pandemic. However, flights to the UK still remain temporarily suspended, to prevent the entry of the new strain of coronavirus identified there.