The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) Govt of India on Thursday 12th August 2021 said that it will allow operating a total of 60 special flights between India and the UK.
The announcement comes in the wake of rising demand for flight tickets between India and the United Kingdom.
It is important to note that currently, the aviation ministry has allowed only 30 weekly flights to operate between India and the UK under its Vande Bharat Mission.
Presently, two groups of airlines — Indian Carriers and British Carriers — are each allowed to operate 15 flights per week on the India-UK route; this will be doubled from August 16 onwards.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation in a notification said that from August 16, as many as 60 flights will be allowed to operate between India and the UK till further orders or till the resumption of scheduled international commercial passenger services, whichever is earlier.
“Out of the 30 frequencies per week available to Indian carriers, 26 frequencies have been allotted to Air India and the remaining 4 frequencies have been allotted to Vistara Airlines.”Advertisement
The decision to increase comes after Sanjeev Gupta, secretary, interstate council secretariat, union home ministry, last week tweeted that an economy-class ticket on British Airways’s Delhi-London flight for August 26 was priced at ₹3.95 lakh.
Responding to the issue highlighted by Sanjeev Gupta, Vistara said that the prices of flights were always a function of supply and demand.
“There are only 15 flights a week allowed currently on India-UK route for Indian carriers and when there is relaxation and more capacity allowed, it will automatically bring down prices,” Vistara further added.
It is important to note that last week the United Kingdom announced that it has 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.
However, to be exempt from the mandatory hotel quarantine passenger must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19.