International and domestic airlines are adding flights out of India to bring home residents and citizens as the coronavirus outbreak goes from bad to worse.
Air India plans to increase its weekly frequency of flights to the US to 32 starting May 11, up from the current 29. That compares with about 33 weekly flights before Covid. Korean Air Lines Co and Asiana Airlines Inc meanwhile are planning to charter flights from India to help South Koreans there wanting to return. Both carriers, which had previously halted all scheduled services to the South Asian nation because of the pandemic, are working with regulators to finalise the flights’ details.
India now has the world’s fastest-growing Covid caseload with 18.8 million confirmed instances. The nation set another record on Friday with 3,86,452 additional cases. Deaths rose by 3,498 to 208,330. The political and financial capitals of New Delhi and Mumbai are in lockdown and this week, the US told its citizens to get out of India as soon as possible.
The ferocious surge in new cases has also reversed one of the airline industry’s biggest travel comebacks.