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Mumbai: Air Travel Demand Rises During Holiday Season, Weekend Fares Soar | Bombay News

Mumbai: The demand for travel during the holiday season has skyrocketed air fares for non-stop flights on several domestic routes. This shows with the fares from Mumbai to places like Dehradun, Srinagar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Kochi. Airfares to foreign destinations open to Indians are also high, with the sole exception of Male, where fares are currently cheaper than those to some domestic destinations.
There is a trend towards domestic fares – a return ticket costs more, especially if the return is on a Sunday or a weekend. Passengers who have not booked airline tickets for the October-November Diwali trip can escape the high fares by choosing to return on a weekday and benefit from a 20-30% lower return fare. Dear. As on Saturday the cheapest round trip fare on nonstop Mumbai-Dehradun flights in late October and return on November 7, a Sunday, started at Rs 35,000. It was Rs 29,300 on November 8, a Monday.
A spokesperson for said: “For hotels and flights we have seen an upward trend and a 40-50% increase in booking requests with the arrival of the holiday season. .
Rikant Pittie, Co-Founder, EaseMyTripAround said, “We have seen that airfares can go up by around 70% at the last minute and the week of Diwali. Previously, we had seen an almost 65% jump in airline bookings for the Ganesh Chaturthi long weekend and a 54% jump in airline bookings for the Janmashtami long weekend. This indicates a trend where people are using the holiday season to travel. We are therefore optimistic that travel bookings will increase during the holiday season, as we have seen an approximately 450% jump in advance bookings for Diwali week compared to last year. ”
Fares are not only high on international routes, there is a shortage of seats on non-stop flights. Anoop Kanuga of Bathija Travels said: “India should allow airlines to slowly increase their capacity on international routes by at least 15-25% per month, depending on route density, until that they reach the pre-Covid capacity. ”
Pittie said international travel is expected to increase over the coming holiday season. “There has been a 50% increase in international travel bookings in the current period compared to the start of the year between January and March,” Pittie said.

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