Monday, February 18, 2019

Airlines likely to lower airfare on Kumbh Mela routes. Here's why

New Delhi: India's first semi high-speed self-propelled 'Train 18' was recently flagged off. The train running between Delhi and Varanasi might force the airlines to rationalise their fares, especially on the Kumbh Mela route. The train stops at Kanpur and Allahabad and the Mela is being held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad till March.

As a lot of tourists are looking to visit Allahabad and take a dip in the Ganga during the Kumbh Mela period, airlines might lower their fares due to Train 18. It may be noted that with airfares to Allahabad and Varanasi have gone up nearly 39 per cent in the last couple of days during the mela. With Train 18 being fully functional now, airlines are likely to lower the airfare on the route.

A Hindu Business Line report quoted Yatra Online COO Sharat Dhall saying, "I think the return fares will move down to around Rs 10,000 for advance bookings and Rs 15,000 for the last minute bookings.".

Worth mentioning here is that online bookings for Train 18 were opened for passengers on February 22. While the flights between Delhi and Varanasi are about 1 to 2 hours, the train takes about eight hours. Tickets from Delhi to Allahabad on all other trains have been sold out since the last couple of weeks which is why airfare between Delhi and Varanasi for one way touched Rs 9,000 recently.
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