Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Paytm records over 8.5 million Flight searches as India allows limited domestic flights during lockdown

The enforcement of the nationwide lockdown caused many people to be stranded away from their hometowns, as bans were imposed on every mode of travel. Now that the government has provided some relaxations and allowed domestic air travel to resume in certain regions, people are flying more than ever before, Paytm says. Its online travel booking platform registered over 8.5 million flight searches in a matter of days.

Paytm notes that the rise in demand is pretty evident, as it is witnessing “close to 200% of the average daily search volume witnessed before the lockdown began in March,” the company said in a press release. The platform also reports that most of these searches are from people travelling to tier 2 cities from metropolitans, thus establishing a clear trend.

During the last three days, the company witnessed the peak point in flight search, with about 177K requests processed in an hour.

The lockdown, and the subsequent easing of the lockdown, has changed the aviation industry in India and globally, at least for the time being. Paytm notes that otherwise busy routes, like Delhi-Mumbai and Bangalore-DelhI, have been replaced by heavy traffic on routes like Delhi-Patna, Mumbai-Varanasi, Bengaluru-Guwahati. “Due to the last three consecutive lockdowns, several travellers had to stay back in metro cities mainly New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru which they might have visited for some work. They are now taking this opportunity to book a flight back to their home towns in non-metro cities including Patna, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Guwahati, among other,” the release said.
25/05/20 Upneet Singh/Techportal
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