Due to “operational reasons,” Air India has announced the suspension of its flights on Delhi-Madrid and Delhi-Birmingham route, March 16, 2019, onwards.
The flag carrier of India tweeted:
Air India’s expenditure on flights to Europe and US have considerably increased, owing to the closure of Pakistan airspace since February 26, 2019 — the airline has to fly on longer routes leading to more fuel burn and extra crew recruitment. Furthermore, Air India is also said to be facing aircraft shortage due to lack of spares.
Air India’s Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham route is widely popular among British-Indians who travel to and from India each year for leisure as well as business purposes. Likewise, the cancellation of Delhi-Madrid flights may affect the connectivity between India and Spain, an emerging tourist destination for the South Asian country.
To reduce the inconvenience caused to the passengers, Air India is offering refund on the suspended flights. airindia.in