Sunday, April 25, 2021

Airfares for destinations in US from Chennai soar

Chennai: Airfares for trips from Chennai to destinations in the US have shot up to more than ₹2lakh to ₹3lakh for travel next month as there is a rush among people to travel fearing a complete suspension of flights.

Absence of direct flights from Chennai and a temporary ban on Indian travellers by major transit hubs like the United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Middle East are the reason for scramble for tickets and the consequent increase in fare. Return airfare is in the range of ₹2.60lakh to ₹3.35lakh from Chennai via the Middle East to the US for travel in the first week of May.

People who have to return to work, relatives and students are the category of people who are travelling to the US.

Rangarajan L N, who was scheduled to travel to San Francisco via Dubai on Sunday said " I was supposed to travel yesterday. But had to reschedule and book from Delhi. The air fare via Dubai was ₹80,000 but now I am paying ₹1.10lakh. I do not want to wait and travel next month because the countries in the Middle East may extend the temporary ban for Indians to travel." He is worried to travel via Delhi where cases are increasing.

A majority of the passengers, especially relatives of those in the US, prefer to fly via the Middle East because it's hassle-free than flying domestic to Delhi or Mumbai and then switching to the international flight.

25/04/21 Times of India

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