Thursday, August 13, 2020

Air India To Close Five European Bases

Air India is dropping flights to five of its European destinations and closing bases there. Milan, Madrid, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Stockholm will no longer see Air India flights, as the airline moves to cut costs. The decision halves the number of European destinations to which Air India now flies.
A report in India Today on Tuesday, August 11 cites an internal Air India note that says;

“In view of the COVID situation, it has been approved by competent authority to close down following stations and become offline.”
While Air India says the decision takes effect immediately, the airline hasn’t flown to any of the five destinations for several months. Air India says it will;

“… immediately initiate action with regard to closure, and advise the timelines by which the stations will be closed.

“The current international booking offices are to be recalled to India, and the station will be handed over to general sales agent after completion of formality of closure.”
That will leave Air India with flights to London, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Paris, and Rome. Air India’s decision comes as India starts to re-open its airports to international flights. It isn’t an open door policy. Instead, India has created travel bubbles with the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and the UAE.
13/08/20 Andrew Curran/Simple Flying
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