Monday, October 18, 2021

Airfares rise ahead of Diwali, Chhath

Patna: Amid festive rush, the airfares of Patna-bound flights have increased by 40-60% as few seats available in some aircraft are coming for a premium. It will be a costly affair for people who are planning to return to their home state for Diwali and Chhath celebrations.

Travel agents and officials of airlines operating from the city said airfares generally remain abnormally high during the festive time as people rush back to their homes for the celebrations.

An executive of Go First airline said the fares have increased rapidly due to rising demand ahead of Diwali and Chhath. “The demand for air travel is expected to rise further this month and in November,” he added.

The executives of other airlines said there has been a sharp rise in airfares on Delhi-Patna, Mumbai-Patna, Bengaluru-Patna, Kolkata-Patna and Hyderabad-Patna routes.

Dilip Singh, who runs a travel agency on Boring Canal Road, said the average fare of Rs 3,000-Rs 3,600 on Delhi-Patna route has already gone up to Rs 5,430 as the lowest price before Diwali and Rs 6,848 ahead of Chhath. The maximum fare of non-stop flight is as high as Rs 14,250, he added.

18/10/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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