Thursday, February 17, 2022

Govt removes caps on India-Ukraine flights; airlines asked to operate special flights

New Delhi: India on Thursday removed the cap on number of Ukraine flights under the current air bubble agreement to facilitate return of Indians from there. The aviation ministry has accordingly informed Indian carriers, some of which like Air India are planning to operate special flights to Ukraine.

A spokesperson for the aviation ministry said it “has removed the restriction on number of flights and seats between India and Ukraine in air bubble arrangement. Any number of flights, as well as charters, can operate. Indian airlines have been informed to mount the flights due to increase in demand. Aviation ministry is facilitating in coordination with external affairs ministry.”

Fares have shot up on Ukraine-India route with people booking whatever one-stops, since there is only once a week direct on Kiev-India route as of now, are currently available. The big fear among foreigners in Ukraine is that international airlines may stop flights if the situation worsens further. “The regular Kiev-Delhi one-way fare used to be Rs 26,000. This has now shot up to Rs 60,000,” leading Delhi-based travel agent Anil Kalsi had recently said.

While scheduled international flights remain suspended in India since March 2020, Ukraine is among the 35 countries that have an air bubble agreement with India allowing flights to operate under this special arrangement.

17/02/22 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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