Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Air India to fly Goa-London from August 26

Panaji: Spelling good news for students and overseas residents, Air India has announced direct flights between Goa and the UK from August 26. Air India will operate a flight on the London (Heathrow)-Goa sector as part of the air bubble arrangement with the UK.According to Air India, the flight schedule till August 31 has been released, but further flights could be scheduled in the months to come. At present, passengers have to fly to Mumbai or Delhi to catch an international flight to London.

“The flights can be booked through the Air India website, offices and travel agents,” Air India said.

Given the extraordinary situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schedules are subject to change,” Air India said.

Air India will also commence direct flights to London from Kolkata and Chennai.

Last December, India enforced a ban on flights from the UK. According to officials at Goa International Airport, Air India used to operate one UK-bound flight every week, which was cancelled when the Union ministry of civil aviation and the Union home ministry decided to restrict UK flights after a steep rise in Covid-19 cases.

Officials said that with cases declining in India as well as in Goa, a calibrated resumption of international flights is being tested out.

In mid-January, the Centre permitted a one-off Air India flight from Goa to Heathrow, with 217 passengers on board. Since then, fliers have had to take international flights from either Mumbai or Delhi.

17/08/21 Times of India

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