Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Second England lockdown: Vistara cuts Delhi-London flights from four to thrice weekly for November

New Delhi: With travel expected to take fresh blows during the four-week-long lockdown announced by England starting Thursday, Vistara has temporarily decided to reduce the frequency of its Delhi-London flight this month from four times a week to three.

Vistara currently flies four times to Heathrow and had earlier planned to increase the frequency to five from November 21 and then make it a daily flight from December 1. However, with England going in for a strict lockdown from November 5 to December 2 to check the surge Covid virus — with restrictions like a ban all leisure travel within the UK and overseas — those plans have been tweaked.

A Vistara spokesperson said: “In view of reduced demand amidst the second countrywide lockdown in the UK, we have made temporary, ad-hoc changes to our schedule of flights to and from London Heathrow between November 9 and December 1, 2020. During this period, Vistara will operate thrice a week between Delhi and London on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Passengers with affected bookings are being contacted and provided various options.”

“Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK,” the rules for the second lockdown in England say.

The other airlines that fly between India and UK are Air India, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. SpiceJet is to begin its twice weekly Delhi-London and once a week Mumbai-Heathrow from December 4. India and UK have an air bubble under which these airlines operate.

While Air India says no change in UK flight schedule is planned, British Airways says it is assessing the situation. “We note the British Prime Minister’s announcement of a new national lockdown for England to slow the spread of Covid-19. Like other businesses, we are assessing the new information and we will keep our customers updated on any changes to their travel plans,” BA said in a statement. Comments are awaited from Virgin Atlantic and SpiceJet.

03/11/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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