Sunday, September 24, 2017

Airfares from Mumbai soar by 50 per cent

Mumbai: Three days after the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) witnessed flight disruptions after a SpiceJet aircraft skidded off the runway, leading to a 12-hour closure, airfares from Mumbai to other metro cities have witnessed a significant rise. According to travel booking portals, ticket costs from Mumbai to Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata have seen a 50 per cent increase.
On September 20, 181 flights were cancelled while several were delayed or re-scheduled. Airlines, however, claimed they had offered complete refunds, waived cancellation charges and offered alternative or special flights to the passengers.
According to the data obtained, airfares were highest for bookings made on Thursday and Friday last week. For example: fare for routes between Hyderabad and Mumbai were escalated to about Rs 23,666, Rs 10,608 and Rs 4,495 on September 21, 22 and 23, while the regular fare for these routes is Rs1,600.
Airfares from Mumbai to Delhi and Bengaluru also saw a significant rise. Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C), Yatra.com, said, “Amidst heavy rainfall in Mumbai, airfares to and from the city were higher than usual. The downpour had disrupted the railways and roadways’ network. Hence, many people had to reschedule their plans, resulting in higher airfares.” Other booking portals also faced a spike in cancellation of bookings on the days the flight services were disrupted in the city.
24/09/17 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express

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