Thursday, July 05, 2018

Despite airfare hike, monsoon holidays on track

Mumbai: An increase in the surcharge on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) and global crude prices has sent up airfares for most popular tourist destinations, such as Goa, Shillong, Cochin, Guwahati and Port Blair. Airlines said there has been an average increase of 24%, compared to this time last year.

Industry watchers said despite the steep hike in airfare, there has been a spike in bookings to these destinations, mainly due to the monsoon discounts being offered by domestic airlines. On Wednesday, SpiceJet announced all-inclusive one-way fares starting at ₹999 for select non-stop domestic flights. Go Air, Air Asia, and Vistara are all offering monsoon discounts.

Aloke Bajpai, CEO and co-founder of travel marketplace Ixigo, said, “People are busy planning their monsoon getaways. Despite the increase in airfare, bookings to tourist destinations are increasing. Monsoon is usually a lean travel season. These fares will help in spurring travel demand,” said Sharat Dhall, president, Industry analysts said airfares in India had long broken free of their seasonal, cyclical nature thanks to aggressive all-year offers by airlines.
05/07/18 aditya anand/The Hindu