Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Patna: Trains jam-packed, airfares skyrocket

Patna: With just two days left for the beginning of four-day Chhath festival, finding confirmed flight and train tickets is a Herculean task these days. Even buses leaving the city for various destinations have stopped bookings due to non-availability of seats and berths.

Though seats are available in some flights, the airfares for Patna-bound flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai have skyrocketed. In fact, airfares for Patna-bound flights are higher than international flights in some cases.

An executive of private airline SpiceJet said flights on most routes have no vacant seat. “Tickets are not available for Chennai-Patna direct flight. Those wishing to return to places like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai from Patna after Chhath are also not direct flight tickets due to the rush. Airfares usually increase during Chhath,” the SpiceJet executive added.

Air India executives said the fare for Delhi-Patna flights has touched Rs 21,000 and it would further increase in the next couple of days. “The newly launched flights between Patna and Amritsar are also witnessing heavy rush. The fare on this route has reached Rs 10,500. The airfare for Mumbai and Kolkata-bound flights has climbed up to Rs 23,000 and 23,500, respectively,” the executives added.
Akash Kumar, a travel agent, said the international flights were cheaper than Patna-bound flights these days. “By paying between Rs 15,000 and Rs 24,000, people can have round-trip to Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal from Patna. However, they are shelling out more on domestic flights in view of Chhath,” he added.
29/10/19 Faryal Rumi & Kumod Verma/Times of India
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