Air India on Sunday in a Twitter post informed that the airline will operate 36 Flights between India & the USA from 11 July to 19th July 2020 under Phase 4 of Vande Bharat Mission.
Tickets can be booked through Air India website only effective 20:00 hours (IST) on 6 July, equivalent to New York (EDT 1030 hrs of 6′ July 2020), Chicago (CDT 0930 hrs of 6 July 2020) & San Francisco (PDT 0730 hrs of 6 July 2020), Air India said in a social media post.
On 22 June, the US Department of Transportation had announced that it had barred Air India from operating chartered flights between India and therefore the united states from July 22 without its prior approval, in apparent retaliation for the Indian government not allowing American carriers to operate between the 2 countries.
After the announcement comes the Aviation Ministry on 23rd June said that it had been considering establishing “individual bilateral bubbles” with the US, the UK, Germany, and France allowing airlines of each country within the pact to operate international passenger flights.
The fourth phase of Vande Bharat Mission began from 3 July and over 700 flights have reached India under the mission repatriating around 1.50 lakh Indians, as per the information shared by the External Affairs Ministry.
Under the fourth phase of the mission, Air India will be conducting 170 flights connecting India with Canada, the US, the UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Myanmar, Japan, Ukraine, and Vietnam, as per the airline’s document accessed by the PTI.
After nearly two months of suspension to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the govt resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights from May 25 but in a curtailed manner and by placing lower and upper limits on airfares depending upon the flight duration.
(With Input From PTI News)