Thursday, November 19, 2020

Huge rush in Delhi-Gaya flight

Gaya: There is a heavy rush of passengers on Delhi-Gaya air route for the four-day Chhath festival, which commenced on Wednesday with the ‘Nahay-Khay’ rituals.

During Chhath, people prefer to be at home with their families. However, with the surge in airfare the homecoming is not a smooth affair and the same has happened for flights operating on Delhi-Gaya route.

Incidentally despite the hike, many Gaya natives are taking the air route to reach their home town as trains running on this route are already full. The IndiGo airlines is getting bookings upto 90℅ of the allotted capacity.

Currently, IndiGo operates a daily flight on the Gaya-Delhi route.

IndiGo regional head at Kolkata Vijay Matta said, “The passenger response is very good during the Chhath. The flight, which operates on the Delhi- Gaya route, is almost full. Last year, the response was around 60℅. We are expecting good passenger response for the Gaya to Delhi flights also after the Chhath is over,” he said.

Bodh Gaya-based travel agency proprietor Sandeep Kumar said, “People willing to come to Gaya during Chhath have three options —air route, trains or some private. But due to Chhath, most of the trains including the Rajdhani Express, Purushottam Express, Mahabodhi Express, Kalka Mail and other trains have no seats left. Bus is also not preferred . Hence majority are opting for flight, although there is variation in the fare, which is obvious in view of the passengers’ demand,” he said.

19/11/20 Times of India

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