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 and from the USA, with flights selling out 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. After a flurry of flights in Phase 3 to the USA, and the rap on the knuckles from the US DoT, in the fourth phase there were hardly any flights to the USA.
Now, given that there will be an inability to operate many such flights after July 22, Air India is flooding the schedule with 36 flights that are flying from Mumbai/Delhi to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington DC, which are the existing ports of call in the USA. Not just that, as we wrote before, Air India has also quietly dropped the fare of these flights.
Here are some flight schedules for flights outwards from India.
Flights from India to the USA during Vande Bharat Phase 4 (Information as of June 5, 2020)
New flights added are highlighted in orange below.
Flights from the USA to India during Vande Bharat Phase 4 (Information as of June 5, 2020)
New flights added are highlighted in the orange border below.
Of course, this is not the full schedule of flights. Here is the full schedule for your reference.
AirIndia Flight Booking Online for Vande Bharat Phase 4
Flights for India USA and USA India will be bookable at 2000 Hours IST ( 10:30 AM Eastern, 9:30 AM Central, 7:30 AM Pacific Time) on July 6, 2020. However, try a short while before the scheduled time of booking and you have a better shot at booking a ticket. Also, here are some tips to stay prepared for flight booking.
If you are looking to fly back between India/USA, you should be ready to book your tickets. If Air India’s track record is anything to go by, get yourself a lot of patience to go by, and if you have multiple credit cards, keep them along as well. Air India’s website will get slammed at the opening hour, and things will go wrong before they go right. Also, given this is the last bunch of flights before the US-DOT requires approval for each flight, it is your best shot to fly out.
All the best!
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