Details of Repatriation Flights to India from USA (updated May 15)

Earlier this month, I wrote about the massive repatriation flights project that has been initiated by the Government of India to fly out Indians from across the globe back home to India. Phase 1 of this project is coming to an end now, and Phase 2 will start on May 17, 2020.

[Bookmark this page and keep checking back if you intend to fly from the United States to India on a repatriation flight]

At LiveFromALounge, we will be keeping track of the flights for various countries where there are a lot of Indians trying to get back home. Phase 2 Flights will start operating on May 21, 2020, onwards.

You can register to be considered for being put on these flights at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC website. Click here to register. Once you register for these flights, the Indian Embassy in Washington DC will start sending you updates meant for Indians stranded in the USA, including the repatriation flights.

From May 21 onwards, flights will be operated by Air India from various US Airports to Delhi (with feeder flights to other parts of the country) to bring Indians stranded in various parts of the USA back home. Boeing 787s and 777s of the airline will be involved in this mission. Here are the details of some of the flights planned, which we have co-related with  Air India schedules for repatriation flights sighted by LiveFromALounge:

  • May 9, 2020: San Francisco to Mumbai/Hyderabad (AI1174 SFO departure at 11:00 pm/ BOM arrival at 4:45 AM(+2)/ AI1617 BOM departure at 6:45 AM to Hyderabad on May 11)
  • May 10, 2020: Newark to Mumbai/Ahmedabad (AI1444 EWR departure at 11:55 pm/ BOM arrival at 1:15 AM(+2)/ AI1613 BOM departure at 4:05 AM to Ahmedabad on May 12)
  • May 11, 2020: Chicago to Mumbai/Chennai (AI1126 ORD departure at 11:25 pm/ BOM arrival at 1:30 AM(+2)/ AI1671 BOM departure at 4:00 AM to Chennai on May 13)
  • May 12, 2020: Washington DC to Delhi/Hyderabad (AI104 IAD departure at 11:15 pm/ DEL arrival at 11:00 PM(+1)/ AI104 DEL departure at 1:00 AM to Hyderabad on May 14)
  • May 13, 2020: San Francisco to Delhi/Bengaluru (AI174 SFO departure at 11:00 pm/ DEL arrival at 04:15 AM(+2)/ AI174 DEL departure at 6:15 AM to Bengaluru on May 15)
  • May 14, 2020: Newark to Delhi/Hyderabad (AI144 EWR departure at 11:30 pm/ DEL arrival at 11:30 PM(+1)/ AI1839 DEL departure at 1:00 am to Hyderabad on May 16)
  • May 15, 2020: Chicago to Delhi/Hyderabad (AI126 ORD departure at 11:25 pm/ DEL arrival at 00:30 AM(+2)/ AI126 DEL departure at 2:30 am to Hyderabad on May 17)

Phase 2 Flights

  • May 19, 2020: San Francisco to Delhi/Bengaluru/Hyderabad (AI174 SFO departure at 11 PM/ DEL arrival at 3:30 AM(+2)/ DEL departure to BLR at 05:45 AM on May 21, 2020/BLR departure to HYD at 10:00 AM on May 21, 2020)
  • May 21, 2020: New York JFK to Delhi/Chandigarh (AI102 JFK departure at 11 PM/ DEL arrival at 10:30 AM (+1) / DEL departure to IXC at 12:30 PM)
  • May 23, 2020: San Francisco to Delhi/Kochi/Ahmedabad (AI174 SFO departure at 11 PM/ DEL arrival at 3:30 AM(+2)/ DEL to COK departure at 05:45 AM on May 25, 2020 / COK to AMD departure at 10 AM on May 25, 2020 )
  • May 25, 2020: New York JFK to Delhi/Bengaluru (AI102 JFK departure at 11 PM/ DEL arrival at 10:30 AM (+1)/ DEL to BLR departure at 12:30 PM on May 26, 2020)
  • May 28, 2020: Chicago to Delhi/Bhubaneshwar (AI126 ORD departure at 11:25 PM/ DEL arrival at 12:30 AM (+2)/ DEL to BBI departure at 2:30 AM on May 30, 2020)
  • May 28, 2020: Washington DC to Delhi/Bengaluru/Ahmedabad (AI104 IAD departure at 11:15 PM/ DEL arrival at 11:00 PM(+1) / DEL to BLR departure at 01:00 AM on May 30 / BLR to AMD departure at 04:30 AM on May 30)
  • May 29, 2020: Chicago to Delhi/Ahmedabad/Hyderabad (AI126 ORD departure at 11:25 PM/ DEL arrival at 12:30 AM (+2)/ DEL to AMD departure at 2:30 AM on May 31/ AMD to HYD departure at 05:30 AM on May 31)

Most of these flights will be able to accommodate 250-300 passengers. Medical screening of passengers will be done before taking the trip, and only asymptomatic passengers will be accepted on the flight. Priority will be given to older adults, workers in distress, pregnant women, urgent medical cases and those whose tourist visas have expired. These flights won’t be free. Each seat on these flights will cost INR 100,000 (USD 1,361). Approximate costs in the various class of service will be:

  • Economy: USD 1,362
  • Business: USD 3372
  • First: USD 5612

Domestic legs might cost extra in these cases.

More such repatriation flights will be operated hopefully, and we will update this page with details of repatriation flights to India from the USA as and when more information is made available.

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  1. I have submitted my Registration Form for Indian Nationals with the
    INDIAN Embassy, Washington DC. and VANDE BHARAT MISSION for
    Repatriation under Registration no: US15776 for Flight no. 0174 on
    18th July, 2020 from SAN FRANCISCO to CHENNAI. Kindly keep me
    updated of the FLIGHT SCHEDULE and all other details and how I am to book the flight ticket on AIR INDIA and pay for it.

  2. What is the schedule for flights from Newark to Delhi, India during July and August 2020?

    Please advise,

    Swati Elavia

  3. I am in Houston and my wife is suffering from Anxiety and she wants to go back to home in Hyderabad along with my 4yrs old daughter(US citizen). Please help me out.

  4. What about US citizens in India who want to return to the US?
    I thought they were arranging it so that the empty planes going to the US wouldn’t be empty. Also I am in Kerala. Is there no way to fly from kochi to Delhi and have a connecting flight?

  5. I’m a tourist with my visa expired due to a stroke I was admitted in hospital and right side paralysed.
    Spent a lot of money on treatment, now it’s very difficult to survive here.. I need to go back to Mumbai but the schedule shows no flight from San Francisco to Mumbai.
    Please help me out.. I need medical emergency.
    And the tickets rates are very high.
    Please help me

  6. Just spoke to a Consulate member in SFO. According to him, as of now, there are no repatriation flight from SFO to Delhi in the second phase. Delhi is just a refueling technical stop. Since I need to go to Delhi he advised me to connect with Chicago.

  7. Im struck in this USSA and want to have to leave this banana republic willing to pay even double to get out of this hell and return to my motherland

  8. Me and my husband having 13 th May return tickets to India in Air India flight.
    One lakh rupees per person is too much price for us.what about the our return tickets.Ate they going to to give us money back . They have to charge reasonable.
    We cannot afford 2 lakhs for one way.
    Some consideration should be there.
    As we already have tickets .Its a request to do the needful.Not everyone can afford
    Such price.

  9. I am a surgeon stranded in detroit, michigan, running a hospital in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India. My return ticket was on 25th march. If u are going to charge rs 1 lac per person, then why it was delayed. This decision should have been taken 1 mth ago. What was the difficulty in airlifting healthy non covid Indians till today? , instead of exposing them to such a long petiod to the deadly virus.

  10. I am stuck in nigeria (lagos near port harcort) on rig can you tell me information about go back to india?

  11. just 1 Lakh per person, a family has to pay 4 lakhs to go back to their home country. no body is looking for charity but they should be reasonable in these circumstances.

  12. What should I do I am stuck in my friends place. Can you tell after how much time flight will start operation


  14. 1lakh??? One way ticket cost from SFO TO CCU IS max 50k. Why are they charging so much. I am stuck at my sister place at SFO. Thinking of extending my tourist visa.

  15. Everything has been haulted now. I guess it would take around 1 year for things to get back to normal.

  16. The Indian government has again put up some cursory repatriation flights as part of a PR campaign after being caught locking out a huge number of its citizens from returning to India.

    India couldn’t hoodwink everyone with why India put up an international flight ban, and so the time came again where India had to show something when it came to international flights to bring back Indian citizens.

    India’s international flight ban was done by this Indian government in order to frustrate the ability of Indians to repatriate to India or to be repatriated/deported to India at this time. The Indian government did so knowing full well that locking out so many Indians abroad would make the problem of its citizens abroad getting hit with this virus (or facing increased risk of exposure to this novel coronavirus) a problem for the host countries of Indian citiizens abroad.

    Time and again the Indian government shows a callous disregard for Indian citizens in India and abroad. And eventually after the GoI is being called out a bunch for the disregard, then finally the Indian government makes minor moves to exploit for PR purposes …. all while continuing to act with such callous disregard for Indian citizens that the government continues with business as usual in the main.

    • What nonsense.. Man… the flights are locked out to prevent infections…. community spreads.. what nonsense are you spitting out?

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