India locked itself down in March 2020, stopping all flights inwards as well. A significant consequence of these seven weeks of lockdown has been that there are millions of Indians stranded outside their homeland. Earlier this week, the Government of India has started to put together a comprehensive measure to start evacuation flights to India from the United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East and South-East Asia beginning Thursday, May 7, 2020.
The repatriation will happen in a phased manner. The Government of India has handed out all these flights to Air India, and the first week of evacuation flights will bring back about 15,000 stranded Indians from 13 countries, between May 7 and May 14, 2020.
While the earlier repatriation, for instance, for those evacuated from Wuhan was done for free, this round of returns will cost the passenger money, as it will be a much bigger round and in the first week, 15000 people are expected to be airlifted. Since so many people are enquiring about the prices of these flights, I am putting out the Air India Flight Ticket Price list for common reference of the various sectors, in Economy Class.
I know these are prohibitive prices, but my guess is even at these prices flights into India will be full. However, on the outside of India flights, given the vague nature of the approval process, for now, I am not confident these flights will be filled up.
What do you make of Air India’s new plan to evacuate Indians from other countries back into the country? I hope other airlines will be brought into the mix soon and prices come down as well.
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