Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Independence Day weekend ahead, airfares to popular holiday spots soar sky-high

Mumbai: Over the years, Independence Day and other festive holidays that fall around it have turned mid-August into a popular time for a short vacation. Even advance purchase fares, booked months ahead, stay relatively on the high side. Keeping with the trend, airfares out of Mumbai to popular short holiday destinations like Goa, Jaipur, Dehradun, Dubai, Singapore have gone up.
The popular date for travel this week is Thursday, August 15, with return on August 18, a Sunday.
Goa is so much in demand that fares on flights from Mumbai to Dubai or Bangkok are cheaper than Goa flights with convenient timings (morning departure and afternoon departure for return). “Demand for air travel dips in June, July, August; except during long weekends which typically bring higher airfares on flights out of cities like Mumbai, Delhi. Airlines don’t offer the cheapest tickets in the lowest buckets for Independence weekend travel. You can book six months in advance, but you won’t find the cheapest fare being offered during the Independence Day weekend,’’ said an airline official, requesting anonymity.
14/08/19 Times of India

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