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 is hardly any flights to the USA. However, a lot of flights to Australia and the UK this time. And no flights to some of the other European countries which were covered in the last rounds. Here is the full schedule for Air India as of June 27. Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flights start on July 4, 2020.
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 27, 2020)
Flights from India to Canada during Vande Bharat Phase 4 (Information as of June 27, 2020)
Flights from India to Australia during Vande Bharat Phase 4 (Information as of June 27, 2020)
Flights from India to Africa during Vande Bharat Phase 4 (Information as of June 27, 2020)
Flights from India to the United Kingdom during Vande Bharat Phase 4 (Information as of June 27, 2020)
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
While I was slightly occupied trying to address my non-existent social life for the past many months with a quick meal with my brother, Air India already seems to be sold out on the flights to Australia. For the rest, flights to the USA, Canada and London are still to be opened.
Flights for India USA and India Canada will be bookable at 2000 Hours IST on June 29, 2020. However, try a short while before the scheduled time of booking and you have a better shot at booking a ticket.
If you are looking to fly back from India, 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.
All the best!
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