This week the biggest news in regards to India flights is that the Canada to India flight ban has been extended. While we are saddened to hear that it will be at least another month before direct service will be re-introduced, but we continue to be optimistic that flights will eventually begin.
Since India plans will be impacted this summer, many of our customers are focused on travelling domestically to visit friends and family they have not been able to see for a long time. Bookings between Vancouver and Toronto are the highest we have seen in years. In addition, special fares by WestJet and Air Canada are driving our community to re-connect within Canada!
If you are missing loved ones, it may be a smart idea to see friends in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver or Toronto instead of planning a large international vacation. Remember, there are no restrictions when travelling to these cities and you don’t even need to do a COVID test. While the news for India specifically was not great the restrictions on the U.S. border have been reduced, which should bode well for future travel between Canada and India!
In other news on Canada to India flights, Qatar has opened up a new option. Previously most travellers were flying from India to Canada via the Mexico route, which was Delhi – Paris – Mexico City – Canada. Now there is a new option via Doha! This option will still be on the expensive side, but it is much easier as now you can travel from Delhi to Doha on Qatar Airways and then back to Montreal or Toronto on Air Canada or Qatar Airways. As you would still require a COVID test in a 3rd country, you must stop in Doha and get this test or you will not be allowed to enter Canada. While this is still a long way to travel it is must better than what was being offered before!
We are also still seeing positive booking action for fall and winter flights to India as prices remain very low. One-way fares on the Air Canada direct flight from Toronto to Delhi are only $499. This means you can fly on the Air Canada Dreamliner for less than $500! Flying on a 5-star airline for that price is a steal!
For those who need a round trip flight Air Canada’s direct option is available for $1,299. Remember, you can also fly through the U.S. in one direction and that can save you even more! Or if you want a cheap flight to India, British Airways is your best option. You can fly on one of the world’s best airlines via London for only $949 round trip this fall! If you are looking for a cheap flight to India from Toronto this fall or winter, now is the time to book!
For those who are travelling out of Vancouver, there are lots of opportunities to save as well. The Air Canada direct flight from Vancouver to Delhi starts at only $499, or you can fly round-trip for only $1,199! We are starting to see prices creep up on the direct flight as more passengers are returning in early fall so it would be smart to book early.
There will be lots of other options as well such as booking through the United States on United Airlines which can be combined with the Air Canada direct flight to save some money. Once again British Airways should be a great option this fall out of Vancouver as well with prices from only $919 round trip including all taxes and fees!
Right now, it is difficult to understand why our government has made travel between Canada and India so difficult but we are hopeful that the situation will change. COVID cases in India remain on a downward trend which will hopefully change allow decision-makers to allow direct flights between Canada and India. Remember that while India is difficult to reach right now, you have family and friends all over North America who would love to spend time with you for the first time in over a year. Make this summer memorable and plan a visit with loved ones, or go explore all our beautiful country has to offer!
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