Flights between India and UK to double August 26, 2021 onwards.

At the peak of the second wave, India first banned, and then allowed a very low number of flights each one’s carriers could fly to the other country. It turns out, the initial plan which was valid in January 2021 was somehow extended all the way till August 2021.

Since the UK put India on the Red list, there was not much conversation about this for a long while after that, till recently when the UK moved India from the Red List to the Amber List. This move opened the floodgates of travel between the two countries again, especially because of the students who have to fly to the UK for their studies. For instance, this is the rush at the Mumbai Airport on August 9, 2021 with all the students heading to the UK. I haven’t seen such a rush at the airport in a while.

a group of people in a large building

Anyhow, this sudden surge led to the spike in prices of tickets between India and the UK, leading to some of those instances where people pull up fares of J Class and do not validate them before putting out on Twitter.

Given the outrage this caused, even though the prices were not as high for economy class, our regulator made an announcement to not depend on meta-search to book tickets.

After this, they relaxed the cap on special flights that operate between India and the U.K. from 30 to 60 flights per week from August 16, 2021 onwards. The Indian regulator has now notified that the number of flights between India and the UK will be doubled and this number will be valid till further orders.

Out of the 34 frequencies per week available to Indian carriers, 29 frequencies have been allotted to Air India and the remaining 5 frequencies have been allotted to Vistara.

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The updated schedule has not been yet published on the Vistara, Air India, Virgin Atlantic or British Airways website. We will update the schedule in this story as soon as it is available.


India has now allowed for the doubling of flights between India and the UK, effective August 16, 2021 onwards. While airline schedules are yet to be announced with the new schedule, airfares between the two countries are slated to reduce in the coming days after the new schedules come in.

Anybody flying to the UK anytime soon? What do you think?

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  1. Its all a big scam. Probably the scam of the century. Govts not allowing international travel based on the unscientific advice of babus that it increases cases of covid; airlines spiking airfares to cash in; and then there is the biggest scam of covid testing going on in many countries
    Stop all this nonsense and let people travel

  2. I think it’s time to now cut this bubble nonsense. It’s serving no other purpose except to inconvenience the passengers

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