Friday, August 13, 2021

UK direct flight to Kolkata on radar, may return by September

Kolkata: The travel agent community and Air India officials in Kolkata are lobbying hard for the return of the direct flight between Kolkata and London by either this month-end or early next month following the Centre’s decision on a 100% increase in weekly flights between India and the UK from August 16. “We are pushing for the flight that was withdrawn in December-end after servicing the sector for three months,” said Travel Agents Association of India chairman (east) Manav Soni.

Sources in the airline said a fight between Kolkata and Heathrow had been proposed from August and the airline was awaiting the civil aviation ministry’s clearance before making an announcement.

AI had introduced the flight last September and initially, operated two flights a week before reducing the frequency to once a week. Just when the flight was becoming stable, it was withdrawn. The last flight had operated on December 22 before the embargo on all flights to the UK kicked in from December 25.

But now, the UK is one of the few major countries to have not only resumed full-fledged flight operations but also allowed tourists from India to travel to the country. Soni said a few tourists from Kolkata had travelled to the UK via Delhi and Mumbai without encountering any hurdles.

Those who are fully vaccinated with Covishield shots do not require to undergo institutional quarantine for 10 days on arrival there.

13/08/21 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

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