Cancelled, rescheduled flights put US-bound students in a fix
MUMBAI: Indian students with a valid visa can fly to the US to join their universities in August, but in the past few weeks many have found their flights cancelled or rescheduled. Air India sources said its collateral dge brought on by the continued restrictions on other categories of US-bound travelers from India.
On May 4, US banned entry to certain categories of non-immigrant travelers from India. "The flyers expected US to relax these restrictions as the Covid cases have gone down. Anticipating this, they booked US flight tickets. But the restrictions haven’t been lifted yet and so this category of flyers have been cancelling their tickets," said an Air India source.
"A number of our fully-booked US flights now have many empty seats and so we were forced to cancel, reschedule. The students booked on these flights unfortunately took the collateral dge," the source added.
Two weeks ago, Ajay Anand (name changed on request), bought a Rs 70,000 return ticket from Air India website for travel on August 10 Delhi-New York flight. This week, the airline website said that his booking had changed and directed him to their call centre.
"I made multiple calls to Air India call centre, was put on hold for over three hours but still couldn’t get my ticket rescheduled. So I cancelled the AI ticket and bought a return ticket to New York on a United flight for Rs 1.50 lakh which transits through Frankfurt," he said. With popular transit hubs like Dubai, London shut for Indians, the options for US travel have narrowed down and fares have jumped.
An Air India spokesperson said that after the May 4 US Presi ntial Procltion restricting air traffic from India, some of AI flights to the USA had to be curtailed or rescheduled.
The US has permitted entry to students with valid F-1 or M-1 visas intending to begin or continue academic studies begng August 1 or later.
Unfortunately,there is no value of educated people in our country and so some people go to foreign countries and even think of settling over there if possible.
Kept on hold for three hours! So nothing has changed about AI customer service!
Surprised AI is still operational.
really disturbing.. i don't understand why Ministry of External affairs don't take up these issues with their counter parts.
What is the External Affairs ministry supposed to do? If these students di arrive at the US, there may be more problems. Many educational institutions are thinking of online classes because of the Delta variant.
no issues, no problem,,no worries,, if you study in India !??
India certificate can be bought chly for 30,000Rs no need to waste time. Get a master in lousy US Uni using these faked B.Sc degree, one can apply Green Card and work in IT or pizza delivery, 50x better pay than in India.
Dr Ahmed Khan
I don't blame blame students from wanting to run away from India. The last 7 years under Modi have been so bad that either people have gone into poverty or left India. I believe even Modi followers internally agree this man has messed up Indian economy so badly that even Bangladesh is ahead of us. I also acknowledge there is no good alternative to Modi who understands that jobs, infrastructure, self reliance are the keys to success.
I guess students started going abroad in troves only after Modi assumed office.
Need More Land
We have the best schools and universities. Why are our students leaving the country?
with 60 to 70 % reservations That's why our kids have to leave
It is not only cancelled or re-scheduled flights that Indians are to cope with. Biden has made Indians go to a third country and quarantine themselves for 15 days and then arrive in the US with a Negative Certificate.
Dr P M K Swamy
All airlines should cooperate to mamum and help these students who have to undergo so many hurdles in these difficult times.
A 300 seater plane can't fly with 20 passengers however much the hardship it may be causing
why can't govt run special flights?
Transparency is core to success of any business module. If there was rescheduling the Airlines could very well inform them well in advance so that last minute plan does not burn their pockets. Professionalism is the need of the hour.
AIR INDIA is lowest grade airline. Bad customer service
They tried to sell a few years ago - no buyers
The least AI should do is set up an alternative for students other emergency travellers rather than simply saying - unfortunately students are collateral dge. Yet again proven that one should think 10 times before booking AI.
Most Airlines do not displease their customers. They shall route you in other affiliate airlines and get you to your destination, as long as you have valid and legal travel documents.