Heavy demand lifts air ticket prices

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2018 10:32:20


Business Bureau,

Air ticket rates from Nov 7 to 11
Route Rates Tur Dal Rs 78
Nagpur - Mumbai Rs 5,000 - Rs 18,600
Nagpur - Pune Rs 4,700 - Rs 15,000
Nagpur - Delhi Rs 6,500 - Rs 26,000
Nagpur - Chennai Rs 5,700 - Rs 8,500
Nagpur - Bengaluru Rs 4,200 - Rs 18,000
Nagpur - Hyderabad Rs 5,000 - Rs 6,700
Nagpur- Indore Rs 4,000 - Rs 5,000
Nagpur - Kolkata Rs 5,400 - Rs 6,700
Nagpur - Ahmedabad Rs 12,000 - Rs 24,600
Nagpur - Sharjah Rs 13,500 - Rs 30,600

BUYING an air ticket during the Diwali festival season has become a costly affair for travellers as heavy demand has pushed up prices to unbelievable levels. “This year is no exception, with air ticket prices having moved up to more than double the average price and in some cases to extravagant levels”, said Jatindra Nakade of Travel Links and Past President of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Nagpur chapter while speaking with The Hitavada.

The most frequented air route is the Nagpur-Mumbai route with eight flights a day. Even with such large number of flights the air ticket prices from November 7 to November 11, have skyrocketed and are available between Rs 5,000 and Rs 18,600.

“Throughout the year the average Nagpur-Mumbai fare is between Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,500 a ticket. The fares tend to rise or fall depending on the demand and availability of seats. The air ticket prices tend to change on a daily basis”, he said.

Similarly, during the same period, Nagpur-Pune air ticket is available at Rs 4,700 to Rs 18,600, (average ticket price is Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000), Nagpur-Delhi at Rs 6,500 to Rs 26,000 (average price at Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000), Nagpur-Chennai at Rs 5,700 to Rs 8,500 (average price at Rs 3,500), Nagpur-Bengaluru at Rs 4,200 to Rs 18,000 (average price at Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000), Nagpur-Hyderabad at Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,700, Nagpur-Indore at Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000, Nagpur-Kolkata at Rs 5,400 to Rs 6,700, Nagpur-Ahmedabad at Rs 12,000 to Rs 24,600 and Nagpur-Sharjah at Rs 13,500 to Rs 30,600.  “The highest air ticket prices are being quoted on Sunday November 11”, he pointed out.

There are various reasons for the air ticket prices to shoot up during the festive season.  Most flights leaving from Nagpur to other places are almost fully booked. The few unsold tickets are offered by airlines at very steep prices. Most airlines have a five layer ticket slab. As air tickets get booked in a particular slab the fares tend to rise.

Furthermore, during the holidays people tend to take their families on short trips and  enjoy the outings to various tourist destinations. Also, there is a large number of people from Nagpur working in different cities and they return to visit their families and relatives during Diwali, he added.