Air India is planning to operate direct flights between Chennai and London from January 2021, making Tamil Nadu’s capital the ninth city to be connected with the British capital.
“We have plans to commence direct operations between Chennai and London from January 2021,” an Air India spokesperson said.
Air India is currently operating non-stop flights to London from:
- Delhi (seven flights a week)
- Mumbai (four flights a week)
- Kochi (three flights a week)
- Ahmedabad (two flights a week)
- Bengaluru (two flights a week)
- Goa (two flights a week)
- Kolkata (one flight a week) and
- Amritsar (one flight a week)
When asked about the occupancy rate in its London flights post-coronavirus-induced lockdown, the spokesperson said the “load factors have been generally good”.
“Some of the stations like Delhi, Kochi, Goa, and Ahmedabad have witnessed quite a heavy demand (for London flights). We have plans to commence direct operations between Chennai and London from January 2021,” the spokesperson added.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, airlines have been permitted to operate special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under the bilateral air bubble pacts since July.
Flights between India and the UK have been operating under an air bubble pact only post the lockdown.
(With Inputs From PTI)