Starting 7 August, Air India will operate twice as many weekly flights to USA as it is currently operating. By increasing the flight frequency to 21 per week from the current 10 per week, Air India intends to meet the demand of students flying abroad ahead of the fall admission season.
The airline has significantly reduced its India-US flights after the US imposed restrictions on travelers from India in the wake of the severity of the COVID-19 situation in India. Prior to the Presidential Proclamation which took effect in May, Air India ran nearly 40 nonstop flights a week between India and USA. The airline inched very close to its pre-pandemic numbers before the frequency was slashed to one-fourth in July.
“Flights to USA had to be curtailed after the US Presidential Proclamation restricting air traffic from India. Flights were combined and rescheduled, affecting travel itinerary for some. Frequency to US has now been enhanced from August and all-out efforts to accommodate passengers is on,” Air India’s statement on social media read.
A maximum increase in frequency may be seen for New York flights followed by the flights to Chicago and San Francisco, according to a report in the Times of India. Air India has already announced additional flights between New Delhi and Newark on 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August 2021, stating that these flights “are in addition to the existing flights operating in this sector.”
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