Finland suspends UK flights for 2 weeks

21 Dec 2020, 01:41

  DF Report

File Photo: Finavia.

Finland has decided to suspend all flights to and from the United Kingdom for two weeks effecting from Monday noon following the emergence of a highly infectious variant of coronavirus, said the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) late Sunday night.

The Traficom took the decision following a recommendation made by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), said an official press release.

The THL made the recommendation with the view to arrest the spread of the highly infectious variant of coronavirus in Finland.

According to the decision, all flights to and from Finland will remain suspended from 12:00 on Monday to January 4.

Earlier, several European countries imposed ban on flights to and from UK.

The Netherlands became the first major European country to announce a ban on flights, followed by neighboring Belgium which also halted Britain-bound trains using the Channel Tunnel. Austria, Germany, France and Italy also followed suit.