Friday, September 10, 2021

Kolkata-London flight now till March 31

Kolkata: Air India’s direct flight between Kolkata and London has been extended till March 31, 2022, sources in the national carrier said. The once-a-week flight that had resumed on August 28-29 after an eight-month layoff had earlier been extended till October 30.

“We have learnt that a decision has been taken to extend the flight between Kolkata and Heathrow till the end of this financial year. Barring any unforeseen developments like the emergence of a more virulent UK strain last December that forced the flight cancellation, this flight should operate uninterrupted,” an airline official said.

Unlike last year when the flight was slow to take off with poor passenger figures in the initial days that led to the frequency being reduced from two flights-a-week to once-aweek, passenger loads have been very good in this innings. The flight that is set to depart on Sunday has received bookings for 17 business class seats and 230 economy class seats. Last Sunday, 15 business class and 210 economy class passengers flew to London. Even in the first flight that departed within a week of its announcement, there had been close to 100 passengers, with 10 flyers travelling in business class.

10/09/21 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

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