As soon as India was moved from the Red List of the UK to the Amber List, everyone who needed to travel to the UK started to get on a plane. This led to a surge in the pricing because of the far reduced number of flights being offered between India and the United Kingdom since January 2021. However, with a new order, the number of flights permitted between India and the UK have now gone up to 34 per week for Indian carriers and 34 per week for carriers on the other side. However, it took some time for the airlines to announce new schedules.
British Airways announced that it would increase flights from 10 to 20 per week from India to the UK starting August 16, 2021. British Airways will now operate 20 direct return flights across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, connecting to London Heathrow.
This would now allow the airline to bring more people over to the United Kingdom and will enable them to take eligible people onwards to the US on American Airlines.
Moran Birger, British Airways’ Head of Sales for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, said:
It is wonderful to see connections between India and London being restored after months of uncertainty caused by the global pandemic. These additional new flights will allow our Indian customers, who have waited so patiently, to reunite with their loved ones. The flights also provide new travel options for Indian students wishing to travel to the UK and beyond for further studies, ahead of the start of a new academic year.
Here is the new schedule, which I could glean out from the website:
- From Delhi, British Airways will operate BA256 all seven days of the week.
- From Mumbai, British Airways will operate BA138 five days a week.
- From Hyderabad, British Airways will operate BA276 three days a week.
- From Bengaluru, British Airways will operate BA118 five days a week.
British Airways is also planning to operate three times a week from Chennai, effective September 1, 2021, by reducing two flights from Delhi and one from some other city.
On the other hand, Air India is using its allocated quota of 29 flights per week from India to the UK in a slightly different manner. Air India plans to operate 13 weekly flights connecting London with six Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Amritsar, and Kochi from August 16 to September 1, 2021.
On top of that, the airline has announced special flights connecting London with other Indian cities, including Chennai, Kolkata and Goa.
- Air India will operate Kolkata – London on August 22/29, 2021 and London – Kolkata on August 21/28, 2021.
- Air India will operate Chennai – London on August 27/September 1, 2021, and London – Chennai on August 26/31, 2021.
- Air India will operate London – Goa – London on August 26/27, 2021.
Anybody planning a trip out to London should find this information useful.
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