Air India direct flights between London and Kochi to continue until 24th October (View Flights Schedule) – UKMALAYALEE

Air India direct flights between London and Kochi to continue until 24th October (View Flights Schedule)

Sunday 6 September 2020 9:45 AM UTC

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON Sept 6: Air India had announced non-stop flights from London to ten Indian cities, which were in addition to existing services scheduled under Vande Bharat Mission (VMB) between the UK and India.

Following the huge success and profits Air India secured during this period, it has decided to continue with the direct flights between the ten cities for the time being. Air India has now extended the existing direct flight arrangement until 24th October, 2020.

Air India will connect London to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa and Kolkata from October 1 to October 24, 2020, said a press note from Air India. Normally Air India had direct flights only between five popular cities in India which are Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Amritsar. However, it has now started direct flights between Goa, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. This makes in total ten cities to which Air India has direct flights now.

Reports say that Air India is cashing on the situation with the Covid pandemic when passengers would opt more to travel direct to destinations rather than disembark at stopover destinations which results in longer wait at airports and with the increased risk of contracting Covid.

According to Simple Flying, an air travel website, “India recently signed a travel bubble agreement with the UK, which has allowed both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic to operate flights to India. Vistara, too, has taken advantage of this agreement and started flights to London. This sudden competition on a route that Air India had a monopoly on just a few months ago has forced the flag carrier to get creative. With tough competition from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Vistara, the flag carrier is capitalizing on repatriation traffic to smaller cities.

“Air India is making use of its ability to rapidly add flights from non-hub Indian cities. While the competition flies to the likes of Delhi and Mumbai, Air India can capture the market to cities such as Amritsar and Kochi. This gives passengers direct options and the chance to avoid domestic connections”.

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