Sunday, August 15, 2021

Two special flights to take students to UK

Kolkata: Air India will operate two special flights between Kolkata and London on August 22 and 29 to cater to the student traffic headed to the UK and the US ahead of the fall semester.

AI officials said flight AI 0164 will depart London at 1.15pm on August 21 and 28 to reach Kolkata at 3.05am on August 22 and 29. The return flight will take off at 4.30am and reach London at 9.55am.

“The flights are being operated to meet the rush of students travelling to the West. Apart from Kolkata, there will be similar flights departing from Amritsar, Ahmedabad and Kochi. Revival of the direct weekly flight that was discontinued in December 2020 can happen only when India moves out of the amber zone of the UK government’s alert list of countries,” an airline spokesperson said.

While the news will bring cheer to students, it is disappointing for the business community as well as tourists who were hoping to travel once the weekly service is restored. Britain is among the select countries that has allowed Indian tourists to travel to the country and also done away with the requirement of institutional quarantine if flyers are fully vaccinated. It is, however, recognizing only Covishield, the vaccine licensed from Oxford AstraZeneca developed in the UK and not Covaxin that is developed in India.

The carrier is operating regular flights to the UK from only Delhi and Mumbai.

15/08/21 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

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