Friday, May 17, 2019

Airfares for Varanasi shoot up more than 11 times to Rs 35,000

An air ticket to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency costs about Rs 3,099 if booked in advance during a normal season.
However, on Thursday no tickets were available for direct flights to Varanasi while tickets for hopping flight on Friday (today) morning shot up by more than 11 times to as high as Rs 35,000. Voting in Varanasi will take place on May 19 in the last phase of LS polls.
 Travel agents ascribe the jump in tariffs to election tourism and BJP leaders from Gujarat rushing to the holy city to campaign for PM Modi. Campaigning for the last phase of polls ends today with PM Modi’s mega rally in Varanasi. When checked on Wednesday evening, a 6.30 am SpiceJet flight from Ahmedabad to Varanasi on Thursday was priced at Rs 19,788.
 Flights of all the other airlines were already full. Airfare for Vistara flight departing at 10.55am on Thursday with 3.5-hour duration and one stop quoted at Rs 26,318. An Air India flight scheduled to depart at 7.10 am with single stop and 4.25-hour duration quoted fare of Rs 35,210. When checked on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning SpiceJet flight to Varanasi was selling at Rs 17,584 while the 5.55 pm Indigo flight was on offer at Rs 6,736.
 17/05/19 Alok Brahmbhatt/Ahmedabad Mirror
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