Friday, November 24, 2017

Chennai-Delhi airfare reaches Rs 10K for Christmas, New Year

Chennai: High demand has pushed airfare beyond the Rs 10,000 mark on trips from Chennai, especially to Delhi and Mumbai, for travel for Christmas and New Year holidays. The fare ranges from Rs 3,000 to Rs 15,000 for 30day advance booking for one-way travel from Chennai to the metros on December 23, which is almost on a par with fare for 24 hours advance booking on non-festive weekdays.
The fares have risen because Christmas and New Year, which fall on Mondays, have led to extended weekends. Travel agents believe fares would increase further and are predicting a hike in other routes too.
On the Chennai to Delhi route, only one seat is left for Rs 7,600 when checked for booking on Thursday while tickets for which only cabin baggage is allowed have touched Rs 7,400. An airline official said the fare for redeye flights, which depart in the middle of the night, has touched Rs 11,800.
The airfare for travel to smaller cities like Kochi and Madurai from Chennai during the Christmas weekend is also increasing. A one-way ticket to Kochi costs Rs 5,451 and the fare slab is likely to go up as only two seats are left at this price. Tickets on low-cost carriers are the most expensive. Carriers like Indigo and Spicejet are selling one-way tickets at Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000.
24/11/17 Times of India