Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Air India Ups Non-Stop US Schedule Ahead Of Country Reopening

As the US prepares to welcome fully vaccinated international travelers from November 8th, India’s soon-to-be-privatized national carrier Air India has decided to increase the frequency of its flights to the country. There’s never a shortage of passengers flying between India and the US. With COVID cases in India on a steady decline and the US becoming increasingly comfortable to allow international visitors, Air India seems ready to milk the opportunity.

Air India will add three more weekly flights to the US from the second week of November, between Mumbai (BOM) to Newark (EWR). With a flight duration of around 15 hours, United Airlines also serves this route using a Boeing 777-300ER.

Anticipating a good demand for US travel, Air India had also announced earlier this month its decision to increase frequency between New Delhi (DEL) and Chicago (ORD) from six to seven days a week.

Following India’s severe second COVID wave earlier this year, flights to the US had dropped significantly. This was most apparent during the fall season when thousands of Indian students flew to the US for higher education. With travel restrictions in place and limited flying options at that time, ticket prices increased enormously.

According to a Times of India (TOI) report, Air India will have 26 weekly flights to the US once the Mumbai-Newark service starts.

Even as the aviation sector begins to emerge from the shadows of COVID-19, Air India is facing issues with keeping some of its aircraft in flying condition. The TOI report quoted an AI official commenting on the flights to the US,

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