Air India Extends Suspension Of All International Flights Until 31 May

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Air India Extends Suspension Of All International Flights Until 31 May

Air India on Saturday announced suspension of international flights until 31 May. That also leaves a big question mark on immediate expat repatriations from the UAE. The nationwide lockdown in India is extended until 3 May. However, residents were under the assumption that flights would resume services after. However, Air India now announced that all flights will be off until 31 May.

In addition, Air India said that bookings for select domestic flights for travel from May 4 and for international flights for travel from June 1 onwards are open. Air India said the situation was being ‘constantly reviewed and updated’.

On other news, Etihad Airways has announced that it plans to resume business from May. Etihad is mulling over a gradual return by operating a reduced schedule of passenger services from May 1, – 30 June 2020. However, the operations are subject to approvals from the UAE government. The airline has stated that they will resume only after the UAE lifts travel restrictions.

What Else?

Speaking about the decision, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The monumental challenges being faced by all airlines, and our customers, have been beyond measure. However, we remain cautiously optimistic and will push ahead with our plans to resume normal flying, while striving to better serve and support our customers and our employees.”

Etihad however did not specify the destinations it would operate to once services resume. Etihad suspended all passenger flights starting on March 25 for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the airline has been operating a number of special repatriation flights to transport those wanting to exit or enter the country.

The Covid pandemic has brought the travel industry to a stand-still as countries impose lockdowns worldwide. In a recent video on Twitter, Etihad put out a heartwarming tribute to frontline Covid-19 workers.