Indian flagship carrier Air India on Sunday announced that it will be operating 13 weekly non-stop flights between India to London.
These flights are scheduled to operate to/from 6 major Indian cities namely Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Amritsar, and Kochi to London, the United Kingdom starting from 16th August 2021 under the air bubble arrangements.
The announcement comes after the United Kingdom moved India from the country’s ‘Red’ to “Amber” list, which means Indians can now travel to the United Kingdom without mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine.
Steep Rise In India-UK Airfares
It must be noted that there has been an outcry over steep airfares on India-UK routes. Addressing this issue, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India tweeted:
“There are media reports claiming India-UK one-way economy class fares have touched Rs. 4 lakhs. These reports have no proven basis. The veracity of Sh Sanjeev Gupta’s claim has been thoroughly checked by the DGCA”
The aviation ministry further said that the fares offered on the Delhi-London sector (Economy class) range from 1.03-1.21 lakhs for Indian carriers and 1.28-1.47 lakhs for UK carriers for travel during August 2021.
The fares offered on the Delhi-London sector (Economy class) range from 1.03-1.21 lakhs for Indian carriers and 1.28-1.47 lakhs for UK carriers for travel during August 2021.— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) August 8, 2021
Guidelines For Passengers Traveling To UK
- Passengers who are planning to travel must keep in mind the latest guidelines in the UK.
- As per the guidelines, entering the UK from places on the amber list requires three Covid-19 tests the first, at least three days prior to departure; the second, on the day of arrival or before Day 2; and the third, on or after Day 8.
- Home quarantine for 10 days is also mandatory for all.
- For UK nationals who are fully vaccinated, neither quarantine nor the eighth-day test is required.
- People who have been fully vaccinated in the United States and other European countries will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take the eight-day test.