Tuesday, August 17, 2021

British Airways doubles India flights to 20 per week

New Delhi: British Airways (BA) has from Monday (August 16) doubled its weekly India flights from 10 to 20 with the UK moving the country to the amber list followed by India allowing more flights between the two countries.

India has now allowed its carriers (Air India and Vistara) to collectively operate 34 weekly flights — up from 15 earlier — and as many to British carriers (BA and Virgin Atlantic). From the earlier allowed 30 weekly, India-UK can now have 68 weekly nonstops.

BA says it will now operate 20 direct return flights across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Air India, which has nonstops to London from several Indian cities, is adding flights to the UK.

Vistara has doubled its twice weekly Delhi-London to four now.

Moran Birger, BA's head of sales for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, said: “It is wonderful to see connections between India and London being restored after months of uncertainty caused by the global pandemic. These additional new flights will allow our Indian customers, who have waited so patiently, to reunite with their loved ones. The flights also provide new travel options for Indian students wishing to travel to the UK and beyond for further studies, ahead of the start of a new academic year.”

17/08/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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