For flights to India this week the news is not great if you are booking travel right away. COVID cases in India remain at levels where airlines have been forced to cancel further flights. The Air Canada direct flights between Canada and India have now been cancelled until August 1st, 2021. Air India continues to show their schedule available to book but all signs are that this will likely be removed soon. The Canadian government has also officially stated the flight ban will remain in effect through July. We are all hopeful with the Indian vaccination drive increasing speed and their cases falling dramatically in the past few weeks that this round of cancellations will be the last. There are plenty of students who need to get to Canada for school in September and also many Canadians who want to visit family and friends quickly and easily at the end of this summer and this fall.
While there are severe restrictions in place for returning travellers from India to Canada if you want to buy a one-way ticket to India there are many options available through the Middle East and the United States. For those who are in India right now but are willing to take any route to get back to Canada most are travelling via Mexico. The route via Mexico while not easy or inexpensive is proving to be an excellent lifeline for those who have no choice but to return to Canada. Many of these travellers are flying through France and then to Mexico City. Once in Mexico, you can be tested for COVID quite easily and it is a test that the Canadian government will accept. From Mexico, there are direct flights available into Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. While this is not an efficient route to get into Canada it is the best option right now.
With the news being negative for Canada to India flights right now there is also a positive spin for those travelling in the fall and winter this year. Fares are the lowest we have seen in years! You can buy round trip flights from Canada to India for only $999 with British Airways or if you want to fly on the Air Canada direct flight for only $1099. The last time fares were available on the direct flight for these prices was when Air Canada first started flying the route. Overall, if you want to secure a cheap flight to India now is a good time to purchase because if the flights do get cancelled you will get a full refund on Air Canada or British Airways. Once the flight Canadian government removes the flight ban the number of bookings will skyrocket. The Canadian rules already allow fully vaccinated Canadian travellers to skip the hotel quarantine so once these flights start, they will be extremely popular!
For those who are planning to travel to India this fall now is the time to book with cheap India flights available for those who are willing to plan for a positive future!
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