Thursday, November 10, 2016

Advance booking: Air ticket sales fly

The average Indian traveller is not known to plan and book a holiday or an air ticket weeks in advance. On Wednesday, this habit was suddenly dumped as scores of people rushed to airline offices to buy tickets weeks and even months in advance.
"We have registered a 20% increase in ticket sales at our offices located at airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru among other places," said a SpiceJet spokesperson. "Many people have bought tickets in bulk for travel months later."
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi deemed currencies of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination as worthless paper on Tuesday night, airlines immediately put measures in place to implement the ban on their use. However, airline tickets were exempted from an immediate ban. "With Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 still acceptable at airline booking offices, people rushed to dump the banned currency and ticket sales rocketed," said an airport official.
10/11/16 The Times Of India

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