Flyers to London will have to go via Bengaluru or Hyderabad as there will not be any direct flight from Chennai when services resume from January 8. The ministry of civil aviation has allowed direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.
This has hit many who had arrived earlier and have tickets to fly back from Chennai. A refund is not an option because they have already used one leg of the ticket. The airline is allowing them to shift the date of travel but they have to fly domestic to board flights from Bengaluru or Hyderabad. People from other TN towns will have to fly to Chennai and then to Bengaluru or Hyderabad to board direct flights.
There will be 2 services from Bengaluru, 3 services from Hyderabad, 5 from Mumbai and Delhi.
The ministry has allowed outbound flights to resume from Jan 6 and inbound from Jan 8. Sources said Air India may start a direct flight from Chennai to London this month. “However the state government is unlikely to allow services on the route. The four metro airports have been identified as the gateway to international flights during the shutdown so that passengers can be screened in a more efficient manner” said an airport official.
Source: The Times of India, Jan 5th, 2021, Chennai edition.
**This article taken from own knowledge and variant sources