Finally India to resume international passenger flights after 2 long years.
With the decline in the recent covid update, around 60 airlines have permitted to fly to and from India. There are about 40 countries that have permitted to do so.
International Passenger flights
Due to the pandemic, the world was at a halt for 2 long years. There was limited connectivity and very few International flights were operational. India has now decided to resume it’s overseas operation and increase more connectivity.
Accepting the ‘new normal’ situation, the airline industry has also updated it’s policy and decided to resume to provide a boost to the stagnant income.
Indias biggest international airport, the IGIA is expected to witness an increase in the international passenger flights by the month of April.
Not only the indian flights have decided to resume operation, many international flights too have announced similar plans. Such flights include Emirates, Qatar airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The schedule for the summer 2022 flights will include more than 50 flights from across the globe to operate to and from India during the month of march to end of October. In total 1400 departures are scheduled for six carriers from India this summer. According to the reports from the Directorate of General of Civil Aviation, these flights will be operational to 43 destinations covering as many as 27 countries.
These flights were scheduled to fly since 2020 and now after 2 years they are to resume operation. The flights will operate under the arrangement if bilateral air bubble with several other countries.
The Indian govt has amended the guidelines related to the protocols related to the pandemic. Now the revised guidelines include more seated passengers. In addition, earlier the cabin crew members had to wear the complete PPE kit that it quite uncomfortable for them to be in it for hours. Now wearing of the complete kit are not mandatory.
IndiGo chief commercial officer said in one of the reports that, “We certainly have plans to open new destinations in the near future as well as pump up capacity on our existing routes as travel further opens up. Reaching economies of scale in such a dynamic environment where ATF and other fixed costs are constantly going up, becomes challenging.”
IndiGo which is the country’s largest operating airline expects to increase connectivity to over 50 international location by carrying 2 lakh passenger per day, before the covid started.
The summer schedule is also said to bring 300 per cent more air traffic movement in comparison to the movement during 2021.
Another big international airline Emirates, had only 170 operational flights that operated in weekly duration to and from India. All these flights will restore from 1st April on wards.