The Indian government today opens up international flights to and from the country. This will mean a return to pre-pandemic agreed bilateral agreements moving away from the air bubble agreements that were put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To put it into context, the reopening is set to see over 3,200 weekly flights operated to and from India. Indigo will lead the pack with its 505 weekly flights with Air India following in with 360 weekly flights.

Indigo Airbus 320neo
Source: Indigo

Indian carriers will fly 1,466 weekly flights to 43 international cities while foreign carriers will fly the remaining 1,783 weekly flights.

Middle East heavyweight, Emirates is set to lead the foreign carrier charge to India with 170 weekly flights to 9 destinations which matches their pre-pandemic flight frequencies. The increase in operations for the Emirati carrier also sees an Airbus A380 aircraft serving Mumbai daily.

Neighbouring national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines will double their flights to India given the reopening. The airline plans to fly 88 frequencies to match their pre-Covid levels with its current network to India covering 9 destinations.

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Source: Ruwan Vithanage

With relaxed border controls, airlines and passengers alike will benefit from the resurgence of flight frequencies and better connectivity from and to India and the rest of the globe.

Indigo’s CCO, William Boulter stated “We are pleased to resume our scheduled international operations. Following the easing of restrictions, we are witnessing a huge demand for international travel. We hope that this enhanced connectivity with various destinations across the continent will provide a boost to the travel and tourism sector, while proving to be a catalyst for economic revival. As India’s leading airline, IndiGo remains committed to play its part in helping the nation bounce back.”

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