Sunday, April 25, 2021

Mumbai: Those scrambling to fly to the US worst hit with steep fares

Mumbai: The worst hit among passengers scrambling to fly out of India are those bound for US. Being a long-haul destination, with few daily flights, air fares to US are the steepest now.

For travel on Saturday night, the cheapest one-way fare for a Delhi-NYC flight began at Rs 7.20 lakh on online travel portals. It was on a 27-hour Air India-United Airlines code share flight via Tokyo; Mumbai-NYC one-way was cheaper at Rs 1.50 lakh. For travel from Mumbai and Delhi for the next six days, average one-way fares started at over Rs 1.20 lakh, for flights between 20-40 hours the cheapest ones with impractical flying time and transit stops.

On Thursday, United had temporarily suspended its Delhi flights to Newark, San Francisco and Chicago scheduled on April 22, 23 and 24, but on Saturday it announced that it would resume the flights from Sunday. The move did not cool fares out of Delhi though.

A look at tickets available for sale on flights out of Mumbai and Delhi to New York and San Francisco show that there are few seats left on direct flights. Among options available are code-share flights that transit via Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Doha. Fares are stable on Mumbai-Newark route with the cheapest one-way fare for travel next week starting at Rs 1.30 lakh, most of them on Delta Air Lines, with a transit halt in Europe. For Delhi passengers bound to New York, the best options were for travel on April 25 and 26. The cheapest, one-way fare for Sunday was Rs 45,000, but on an impractical 40-hour Delta flight with halts in Amsterdam and Boston.

For travel on Monday, the cheapest was Rs 62,000 for a 20-hour Delta flight via London. On other days, the cheapest, one-way fare on Delhi-New York flights averaged at Rs 1.25 lakh. Similarly, the cheapest fares from Mumbai/Delhi to San Francisco were available for All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, and Air India at prices starting at Rs 90,000 for travel a week from now, and Rs 1.40 lakh for travel early next week.

25/04/21 Times of India

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