In a first, Air India will operate a direct London-Kochi-London flight service from August 28 till September 27 as part of the Vande Bharat Mission. There will be a flight connecting London and Kochi directly, each Friday and Sunday.
“Flight AI 1186 from London will land at Kochi at 0015 on Sundays and depart to London at 1220 on the same day and the second service will land at Kochi at 0400 on Fridays and depart at 0600 on the same day,” the Kochi airport said in a statement.
Until now, Air India had been operating direct evacuation flights from London to Delhi and Mumbai, later connecting with feeder flights to Kochi. However, these layovers in Delhi/Mumbai airports were creating chances of added exposure to the virus of travelling vulnerable groups.