Just a few days ago, I wrote about how Air India was going to operate over 180 flights from India to the USA and back in July – August 2020. This new set of operations was opened up after Air India got the go-ahead from the US Department of Transport, which earlier wanted them to have every flight scrutinised.
However, it seems either Air India has been told to go slow on this version of the Vande Bharat Mission, or they don’t see enough demand for this round of flights. It could also be that the receiving states said, they did not want so many people landing up every day. There has been a sharp cut to the number of flights now.
Here is the initial flight plan for late July-August 2020, which showed 193 flights in total between India and the USA and back.
Here is the new schedule, which was updated by Air India on July 22, 2020.
Here are the flights from India to the USA. Like you can see, all the daily flights have now been moved to 3 times a week, which means about 60% cut in flights on each route (earlier 7 times a week now it becomes 3 times a week). That means 193 flights become only 83 flights through the end of August 2020.
It is the same thing for the USA to India flights.
I won’t try to get ahead of myself trying to figure out of the reason of why these flights have been cut by 60%, but this is bad news for those who hoped to fly from the USA to India in wake of CoVid-19 and lost jobs. Let us hope United and Delta can fill the gaps in this case.
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