Friday, September 10, 2021

Direct flight fares from Bengaluru to Kuwait skyrocket

Bengaluru: Air fares from Bengaluru to Kuwait have skyrocketed to as much as Rs 2 lakh for a one-way journey to the Gulf country. This comes after Kuwait opened direct travel for fully vaccinated Indians on Tuesday. Pre-Covid ticket prices from Bengaluru to Kuwait hovered between Rs 17,000 and Rs 40,000.

The present rush is because those stranded in India are returning to their work or to be reunited with their families.

With Kuwait allowing direct flights, many travellers who attempted to purchase tickets to Kuwait City were shocked to find that the cheapest price for a one-way ticket on September 30 was Rs 84,584. The fare for Sunday (September 12) touched a whopping Rs 2,02,654 for a seat.

Many carriers including IndiGo, Oman Air and Kuwait Airways, the national carrier, fly from Bengaluru. A oneway ticket on Kuwait Airways from Bengaluru to Kuwait for Monday, September 13 costs Rs 1,61,751.

Indiver Rastogi, president, Global Business Travel for Thomas Cook India and SOTC, said given high pentup demand due to closed borders and limited capacity, there is now a significant surge in fares.

10/09/21 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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