It is no secret that the stoppage of commercial air travel over the past few months has left a lot of people stranded in India and also left a lot of Indians left stranded abroad. With this in mind, Air India was assigned the task of bringing back Indians from across the globe. Ideally, they are best suited for the mission given their wide-body aircraft portfolio. But Air India has been selling tickets on both legs for many flights, while the costs per seat were arrived at with the assumption that the outward leg would fly empty. There has been a great rush for Air India’s flights, especially to the USA, with flights selling out literally three minutes after opening bookings. This also has been because a minimal number of flights have been operated in the first month of the repatriation flights mission. Now, there is the next phase of Air India Evacuation flights which is being prepared from July 2020 onwards.
Earlier this week, the Government of India made the first indication that they will be putting out many more flights to bring back Indians home. The good thing is, the empty legs take people back to their workplaces/residences as well. Here are the flights that will be coming up to fly to India.
Air India will operate 114 flights (between July 3-15,2020) including 31 flights to the US, 19 to the UK, 9 to Canada & 8 to Australia. AI Express will operate 300 flights in July (136 up to July 14 & 164 between July 15 & 31, 2020).
Flights from the USA to India
Flights from Canada to India
Flights from the UK to India
Flights from Australia to India
This is excellent news for people who want to fly back to India. This is not an exhaustive list, however, and the full list is available here.
Do you think there will be enough seats available on the next round of Air India Evacuation Flights to keep everyone happy?
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