India on Tuesday, after a gap of two years, lifted the ban on international flights. The overseas flights, suspended because of the pandemic, will be available from March 27.
“After having recognized the increased vaccination coverage across the globe and in consultation with the stakeholders, the Government of India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India from 27.03.2022, i.e. start of Summer Schedule 2022,” read a statement from the Civil Aviation Ministry.
Top travel industry officials say regular flight fares will definitely be much lower than exorbitant bubble charges but they are unlikely to be close to their pre-pandemic levels as crude is now close to the $140-mark and rupee has crashed below 77 mark to the US dollar. Jet fuel prices globally are at 14-year high.
Also some foreign airlines are not overflying Russian airspace due to which they have to take longer routes — like Delhi-London on British Airways and Delhi-New York on United. Or have dropped routes like United suspending Delhi-San Francisco and Mumbai-Newark as taking longer routes on ultralong/long hauls when fuel is so expensive becomes unviable.
Union aviation minister J M Scindia Tweeted Tuesday: “After deliberation with stakeholders and keeping in view decline in Covid cases, we have decided to resume international travel from March 27 (start of summer schedule). Air Bubble arrangements will also stand revoked thereafter.”
After deliberation with stakeholders &keeping in view the decline in the #COVID19 caseload,we have decided to resume international travel from Mar 27 onwards.Air Bubble arrangements will also stand revoked thereafter.With this step,I’m confident the sector will reach new heights!
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 8, 2022