Sunday, October 10, 2021

Air travel demand up in festive season, fares soar on weekends

Mumbai: Festive season demand for travel has sent airfares for non-stop flights soaring on several domestic routes. This is being seen with fares from Mumbai to places like Dehradun, Srinagar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Kochi. Airfares to foreign destinations open to Indians too are high, with the only exception of Male, where fares are currently cheaper than those to some domestic destinations.

There is a pattern to domestic fares — a return ticket costs higher, especially if the return is on a Sunday or weekend. Passengers who haven’t booked air tickets for October-November Diwali travel can escape high fares by opting to return on a weekday and get a 20-30% cheaper return fare. Like, on Saturday, cheapest return fare on Mumbai-Dehradun non-stop flights around October-end and return on November 7, a Sunday, began at Rs 35,000. It was Rs 29,300 on November 8, a Monday.

A spokesperson said: “For hotels and flights, we’ve seen an upward trend and 40-50% increase in booking queries with the incoming of the festive season”.

10/10/21 Times of India

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