Air India will be resuming flights to and from United Kingdom (UK) starting 1 May 2021. The news comes after the Airline suspended travel between India and the UK during 24 to 30 April. This was because of the huge surge in COVID-19 cases across India, that is on average over 300,000 a day, leading the UK government to tighten restrictions on travel between the two countries and adding India to the ‘red-list’.
Air India will start by conducting flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow on 1 May, with a return flight occurring on the same day. Thereafter, flights between Delhi and London Heathrow will resume on 2 May, which will then be followed by Bengaluru and London Heathrow on 5 May. This will enable thousands of Indians in the UK to be able to return home. Previously, this was rather challenging due to the limited services offered by other Air Carriers between the countries.
Requirement to Rebook & Revalidate
It is important to note that Air India will require passengers who have already booked the aforementioned flights to rebook or revalidate their flight tickets by contacting Air India. For those booking fresh flights anew, booking and validating can be done via the Air India App, website, or other third-party vendors offering flights.
Travel from India to the UK now comes with caveats, and Air India has reiterated the need for passengers to factor in the UK’s travel guidelines in relation to COVID-19. The Airline said, “It will be the sole responsibility of the passengers to ensure his/her eligibility to enter the destination country. Air India will accept no liability if non compliance results in denied boarding.”
The IT capital of India, Bengaluru (also dubbed the ‘garden city’) has become the epicentre of creative quirks. The following captures illustrate a plethora of unrivalled hilarity whether you are walking the streets of Bengaluru, delving into culinary delights or just simply marvelling at intended or unintended nuances:
Unwashed utensils equates to glorious refreshing fruit juice? Surely such a statement defies logic. This is not the case at the Sree Ganesha Fruit Stall in the district of Thippansandra, Bengaluru.
Indeed, the menu is lacking a spot of ink and has a basic structure to it but the variety on offer is evident. Whether you prefer the conventional orange juice, exotic flavours such as Papaya milkshake or the local taste of sweet Mango Lassi, law of averages indicates a high probability that you will like at least one flavour on offer.
The Auto Rickshaw drivers will casually stroll up to the counter and nod their head to indicate what drink they want, as being regulars they need not go through the ordering process. Moments later they have gulped down their refreshment and are back to their livelihood.
If you are the cleanliness conscious type, then be sure to request your refreshment in a plastic cup or else live like a local and have it out of potentially an unwashed glass! Either way the taste and texture is flavoursome especially for those with a sweet tooth.
In terms of prices you can expect to pay between 25 to 60 Rupees (£0.40 – £0.75 per cup). If you attempt to ask them how they made it or what content is inside it, in return you will get a headshake. Quite simply enjoy the disbursements of flavours especially on an intensely hot day with streams of dust and petrol fumes around you!