Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Air travelers left in a lurch after many India-US flights cancelled due to Ukraine-Russia conflict

Travel schedules of hundreds of travelers between India and North America were upset over the past few days, as foreign airlines such as United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic cancelled flights to the Indian sub-continent at extremely short notice after Russia invaded Ukraine.

These travellers had to make alternate arrangements themselves as these airlines did not make arrangements to accommodate them on other flights or offer to reschedule tickets. Instead, passengers were given a refund of the tickets.

Around 300 flights to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal have been cancelled since February 24, information collected from multiple flight tracking portals, online travel agents and industry bodies showed. The Ukrainian airspace was closed soon after Russia began to attack it neighbour while Russian airspace was closed to airlines of many western countries in retaliation to the sanctions imposed by them.

“My flight between Los Angles and New Delhi was cancelled on March 2 and booking a new flight cost me $200 more,” said Aplavya Gupta a portfolio manager at SB Capital Management.

Similarly, another passenger Raunaq Badjatia travelling from Chicago to Delhi on March 3 said that he was forced to book another flight at a day’s notice to attend an important business meeting in Delhi after their United Airlines flight was cancelled just 12 hours before departure.

08/03/22 Yaruqhullah Khan/Moneycontrol

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