Thursday, November 29, 2018

Air fares soar as flyers head for winter vacay

Lucknow: If you are planning to fly to your favourite destination for winter vacation then be ready to shell out a hefty sum for flight tickets. For journey by train, ‘tatkal’ ticket is the only option as most of the trains have a long waiting list.

The most preferred destinations of Lucknowites are Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune for Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations. This is the reason that demand for tickets on December 24 and 30 is very high, with air fares expected to soar up to Rs 1,20,000 in some international flights.

Trains, too, are booked as most of the prominent trains have an average waiting of 50 seats. A select few have only 5-10 seats available.

However, travellers who had anticipated the mad rush situation had planned their trips in advance and booked the tickets as early as October, as per the ticket booking data of airlines companies and railways.

For foreign trips, holidayers from Lucknow prefer destinations such as Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. And as seats in flights for these destinations are getting filled, fares are soaring.
29/11/18 Urooj Khan/Times of India