For the second time in an year, Air India has marked its return to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Netherlands operations have been a roller coaster ride for the airline since inception.
Today, Air India resumed flights to Netherlands for the second time in this year. The resumption flight was operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered as VT-ANK.
Why Air India stopped?
3 months into the Summer Schedule of 2023, Air India started flying between Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) ans Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS). The airline operated the inaugural flight on June 11. It started with 4 times weekly flights using the dual cabin configured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
After this, the Dutch government came out with an idea to reduce the number of flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The aim of the airport was to reduce the noise pollution levels around the airport. Hence, it wanted to put a limit to flight capacity. As a result of this reduction, many foreign airlines including jetBlue and Air India failed to secure slots for Winter Schedule 2023.
Hence, starting Winter Schedule 2023, Air India had to terminate services because it was unable to secure slots at Amsterdam Airport. The airline operated last flight on October 27.
Air India back to Schiphol
After airlines failed to get suitable slots, they started taking legal actions against the airport. Following international pressure specially from the United States of America, the Dutch Government scrapped this policy allowing airlines to get requested slots.
As soon as the policy was scrapped, there was a big question among Indian avgeeks – Will Air India resume Amsterdam flights? The answer was provided by no one other than the airline itself. On November 22, the airline announced that it will be returning to Amsterdam Schiphol on December 17.
Today on December 17th, the airline operated the resumption flight. Now, it will operate 4 times weekly operations between Delhi and Amsterdam. It operates on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Here are the flight timings :
Apart from Air India’s 4 times weekly operations between Delhi and Amsterdam, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also between India and Netherlands as follows :
- Daily flights to Delhi with Boeing 777-300ER
- Daily flights to Mumbai with Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
- 4X weekly flights to Bengaluru with a mix of Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner