Monday, August 30, 2021

British Airways resumes Chennai-London flights from today; plus, updated Vande Bharat Mission flight schedule for Sept

The government of India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights till September 30, 2021. However, Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) and other flights under Air Bubbles will continue and people eligible as per government norms can fly to and from India. India currently has Air Bubble arrangement with 28 countries.

“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). International scheduled flights maybe allowed on selected routes by competent authority on case by case basis,” the DGCA order states.

It may be recalled that all scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020.

Air India has issued an updated schedule of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights to/from various countries. As of August 28, 2021, under VBM, Air India Group has operated 32,143 flights and carried 4,094,771 passengers. Inbound Flights numbered 16,068 with 2,403,955  passengers while there were 16,075 Outbound flights carrying 1,690,816 passengers.

31/08/21 Preeti Verma Lal/Moneycontrol

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