Sunday, October 10, 2021

Domestic airlines carry 300,000 passengers; festivals prompt travel

Mumbai: Airlines flew more than 300,000 passengers inside India on Saturday: the first time they carried that many since February as Navaratri and Durga Puja festivals prompt travel.

Domestic airlines operated 2,340 flights carrying 304,020 passengers on Saturday, according to data released by the civil aviation ministry.

Weekend travel resulted in long queues at some airports. Mumbai airport advanced the reopening of its Terminal 1 to Wednesday next week, reacting to the rush on Friday.

Thomas Cook said the festive season has turned out to be a demand driver. Demand is five times higher on a year-on-year basis: comprising leisure and visiting-family-and-relatives segment, it said.

"Air travel bookings in India have witnessed traction especially on the weekends in major metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore etc. wherein travellers are booking tickets for either connecting flights to smaller non-metro cities or to visit other destinations for festive season travel. We have witnessed a surge in booking enquiries of 35-40 per cent for key metro city airports specifically," said a spokesperson for, the online ticketing company .

"The bookings for the festive season have seen a 60-80 per cent spike across destinations. From a destination perspective, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad and Bangalore have emerged as top destinations on our platform,'" said Prahlad Krishnamurti, chief business officer at Cleartrip, another online ticketing company.

10/10/21 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

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