Regular International Flights from India to Resume from March 27


Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Mar 09, 2022 03:32 PM IST

The union aviation ministry has finally waved the green flag for regular international flights from India. The usual flights will commence from March 27, 2022, which will bring relief from the exorbitant airfares and lower global connectivity.

Regular International Flights from India to Resume from March 27

India has announced the resumption of regular international flights from March 27, 2022, after it was suspended for two years dueto theCovid-19outbreak. The country had suspended regular international flightson March 23, 2020.

Indias temporary arrangements to open up an "air bubble" with 37 important destination countrieslike the UK, Germany, North America, UAE increased the fares as well as hampered the frequency of flights. However, the same did ensure global connectivity during the period.

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Top officials of the travel industry have come up with a forewarning for passengers. The increased price of crude and jet fuel prices and the weakening of the Rupee will increasethe airfareto an extent but they will be not as high as it was during the air bubble arrangement. The foreign airlines avoiding Russian airspace are taking longer routes that will eventually pull the airfareup.

Aviation minister of India, J.M.Scindia tweeted on March 8, 2022, that after long consideration and discussions with stakeholders and keeping in mind the declining Covid cases, India has finally decided to resume international flights from March 27. This also means that the air bubble arrangement will be suspended. The international operations will strictly adhere to the guidelines of the health ministry.

The Indian and foreign airlines have started arrangements to increase the number of flights. Lufthansa Group will increase its existing 22 weekly flights on Swiss and LH between Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, and Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru to 28 in April, and by October the regular 42 flight operations will start.

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The passengers will get the liberty to choose the reasonably priced options and can now fly nonstop without any layovers.

A senior official of an Indian carrier added his inputs saying that India-London-India average economy to and fro fare was INR55-60,000 in pre-pandemic times which increased to over INR 1.5 lakh under the bubble flight arrangement. This will now drop to INR75-85,000.

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Source: The Times of India

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