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Amid huge rush of students to the US, Air India decides to operate additional flights

India’s largest flight carrier, Air India has decided to run additional flights between India and USA as the fall intake nears, leading to a heavy rush of students. These flights will be in addition to the current operating flights, tweeted Air India.

Air India has decided to increase the flight frequency to the United States, starting first week of August. The flight carrier company tweeted that it would operate additional flights between New Delhi and Newark on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th August ’21. These will be in addition to the active flights in the area. The bookings have been opened on the official website of Air India, at booking offices, call centres, and through authorized travel agents.

This comes as a major respite as thousands of Indian students have been waiting since long to travel for their further studies. The travel curbs imposed by the United States resulted in very less travel options for the students along with the exaggerated ticket prices.

Before the US government’s order of May 2020 which stated banning of travellers from India due to the outbreak of second COVID-19 wave in the country, Air India operated 40 flights per week.

After the revival of international flights in 2020, India and the United States reached an agreement to begin a travel bubble between the two nations. During the horrific second wave of pandemic in India, however, the number decreased after the US president issued a statement. Considering the present tweet of Air India, the number of flights will increase from 10 to 21.

In July, the US had reduced its travel advisory level for India from level 4 to level3, indicating that the citizens of US should reconsider their travel plans to India now. However, this was meant only for US citizens and not for Indian visitors to the US, the lowering of warning implied that US recognized the improvement in COVID management in India and the lowering of cases.

In the meantime, India’s ban on international commercial flights has been extended until August 31, according to a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday. After a 16-month hiatus, the ban on scheduled international flights was set to end on July 31.

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