Vistara said on Today Monday May 10th, 2021, it will start flights on the Delhi-Tokyo route from June 16 under the air bubble arrangement formed between India and Japan. The airline will fly once a week between the two capital cities, said its statement. Vistara’s announcement comes at a time when India and its aviation sector have been badly hit by the second wave of coronavirus infections.
During the last few weeks, several countries such as Australia, the US and the UK have restricted travel to and from India. Vistara said it will use its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with three-class cabin configuration to serve the Delhi-Tokyo route.
Commenting on the new route launch, Leslie Thng, CEO at Vistara, said, “We are delighted to add Japan to our international network, under the travel bubble and look forward to providing the best of Indian hospitality while maintaining the highest standards of safety and hygiene for our customers on this sector.”
“Far East has been an extremely important geography for our global expansion from the beginning for its tremendous growth potential.” Thng added.
“Vistara has also trained its cabin crew in the Japanese language to extend the warmth of true Indian hospitality to travellers from Japan,” the airline’s statement noted.
During the last few weeks, the number of domestic air passengers per day in have come down from the peak of more than 220,000 to around 75,000 passengers right now, according to the India’s civil aviation ministry’s data. Similarly, international air traffic has also been affected by the second wave of the pandemic.
After recording over 400,000 fresh cases for four consecutive days, India witnessed a single-day rise of 366,161 COVID-19 cases today, which pushed its tally to 22,662,575, according to the Indian health ministry. The death toll due to the viral disease climbed to 246,116 with 3,754 more people succumbing to it.