Air India, the flag carrier airline of India, owned by Tata Sons has announced on Friday that it will be operating three special flights between India and Ukraine on 22nd, 24th & 26th FEB 2022 to repatriate Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine.
These flights will operate to and from Ukraine’s largest airport, Boryspil International Airport under the air bubble arrangements.
It is worth mentioning that at present India has such with bilateral air bubble agreements with 35 countries, including Ukraine.
The announcement comes a day after the Indian government removed restrictions on the number of flights to/from Ukraine under the air bubble arrangement.
#FlyAI : Air India will operate 3 flights between India-Ukraine (Boryspil International Airport) India on 22nd, 24th & 26th FEB 2022— Air India (@airindiain) February 18, 2022
Booking open through Air India Booking offices, Website, Call Centre and Authorised Travel Agents.@IndiainUkraine
The former Soviet state has been on alert fearing invasion from neighboring Russia which has massed troops, tanks, and attack helicopters along its border.
Tickets sold out in few hours!
Amid the high demand for travel from Ukraine to India, all three flights announced by Air India have sold in just a few hours.
In response to a customer’s query regarding the same, Air India said, “Team AI is getting massive requests hence, we are still in the process of increasing the number. Thank you for your valuable suggestions. Please keep a watch on our website/Twitter for the latest updates.”
Team AI is getting massive requests hence, we are still in the process of increasing the number. Thank you for your valuable suggestions. Please keep a watch on our website/Twitter for latest updates.— Air India (@airindiain) February 18, 2022
This means Air India is planning to operate more reparation flights from Ukraine to India. It must be noted that other Indian carriers are also planning to operate special charter flight or repatriation flights from Ukraine.
“Embassy of India has been receiving several appeals about non-availability of flights from Ukraine to India. In this regard, students are advised not to resort to panic, but book the earliest available and convenient flights to travel to India,”
The embassy had tweeted and added that more flights are being planned in the near future, including from Air India and Ukrainian International Airlines.
However, it did not give more details on the number of flights and the dates then.
Limited Flight Options From Ukraine
At present, there is no Indian airline carrier that operates flights between India and Ukraine. Only Ukraine International Airlines, the flag carrier of the Eastern European country, flies a weekly one-stop flight from Kyiv to New Delhi via Ras Al Khaimah.
However, other international carriers like Fly Dubai, Air France, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and KLM operate one-stop and two-stop flights between Ukraine and India.