Air India will ditch its domestic tag flights between Sydney and Melbourne to fly non-stop from both cities to Delhi, while at the same time launching a fourth weekly Sydney-Delhi service.
From May 17, Sydney-Delhi services will run on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Melbourne-Delhi flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
But the change isn’t as positive as you’d think: Air India’s Boeing 787s currently fly to both Sydney and Melbourne six times per week – taking the route of either Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne-Delhi or Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi.
That currently gives travellers in each city a total of three non-stop flights to Delhi each week along with three indirect flights via the other Australian capital – allowing them to travel with Air India when it suits their own schedule, even if there’s a short domestic transit.
With those tag flights axed, Melbourne drops from six to three weekly Air India flights while Sydney is reduced from six to four Air India services, even with the additional non-stop flight.
Travellers booked on flights affected by these changes will need to contact Air India on 1800 247 463 or their travel agent to discuss their travel plans.
As a member of the Star Alliance, Virgin Australia Velocity members can indirectly earn frequent flyer points on Air India flights – first by earning miles through Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer scheme and then converting those miles to Velocity Points.
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