Thursday, January 04, 2018

Travel plans go for a toss as flyers find it hard to make it to airport

Pune:  The travel sector reeled under pressure on Wednesday as flyers, especially corporate clients, had to cancel their travel plans as they could not make it to the airport in the absence of road transport.
Not only bus services to Mumbai and other cities across the state came to a halt and passengers demanding for a refund, those returning from abroad after New Year celebrations found themselves stranded at the Mumbai airport indefinitely.
Boutique owner Preeti Bhutada had to face massive losses as she had to cancel her plan to travel from Latur to Pune and then to Surat to purchase goods for her clients ahead of Makar Sankranti, which falls on January 14.
Santosh Gupta of Shree Vinayak Holidays, a travel agency, said, "Our travellers who returned to Mumbai from Bali are stranded there since Tuesday. Not only are they wary of travelling back to Pune, but local car rental companies were unable to give us vehicles to pick them up from the Mumbai airport. We have now booked flight tickets for them on Thursday." But, at Rs 8,000 per passenger, the Mumbai-Pune flight tickets are not cheap, he added.
04/01/18 Neha Madaan/Times of India