Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Airfares rise as Mumbai Airport shuts down runway during peak hours

Mumbai: Online travel agencies have seen a hike of 20 to 35 per cent in airfares after the Mumbai Airport shut its primary runway for major repairs on November 4.
Last-minute bookings, to and from Mumbai, could see a hike of up to 60 per cent till March 2020.
According to, there’s a decline of 10-12 per cent of bookings to and from Mumbai. The busiest routes to and from Mumbai are Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Goa among others, EaseMyTrip has seen a sharp decline for queries on to these routes.
Prashant Pitti, Executive Director & CTO, EaseMyTrip, “If we compare the number of bookings we received in last two months with those received in November for flights to/from Mumbai, it has dropped by around 60-70 per cent. To avoid uncertainty, travelers are postponing their travel plans during the period.”
Ixigo has seen last minute fares from key routes to Mumbai to be shot up by 40-45 per cent for the coming week. “A further increase by 30-35 per cent due to high travel demand and flight capacity constraints is expected.” said Aloke Bajpai, CEO, Co-founder, ixigo Whereas EaseMyTrip has seen a hike of fares of 20 per cent but expect it to go up to 60 per cent in the coming weeks.
To deal with this situation, EaseMyTrip has come up with an innovative solution. The OTA is motivating its customers to book flights to airports nearby Mumbai such as Pune, Nasik and Aurangabad from EaseMyTrip allowing them to avail free bus tickets to Mumbai from these destinations post their flight bookings.
06/11/19 Forum Gandhi/Business Line
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