Are you contemplating travelling to India’s beautiful destinations this Diwali? If yes, you might hold your seat tight as we have some news to share. For quite some time we are experiencing a massive increase in airfare prices everywhere and it seems that domestic fares are going to witness a surge of over 600% very soon. And this rise will come to action mostly during the vacation period of Diwali. So, if you are meaning to travel somewhere at the end of October, it’s up to you to decide if you will travel sometime else or shell out the huge amount.
Domestic Airfare Prices Spike Up To 683% For Diwali
With the holiday season approaching in less than 2 months or so, the demand for air tickets is skyrocketing. And this spike in demand is not sitting well with lesser direct flight frequencies in some of the most popular Indian tourist destinations. Destinations such as Kochi, Bagdogra, Chandigarh, and Dehradun witness major tourist footfalls, especially during the peak holiday seasons. And with the revenge travel sentiment, tourists are trying to explore everything they can after this huge halt of 2 years. Unfortunately, the airfare prices are spiking to double, triple, and in fact, six folds this holiday season.
As per the online travel companies, anytime between 22 October to 31 October, the airfare prices for direct return flight tickets to reach Kochi can cost you a humongous amount of ₹70,464 (a spike of 683%) per ticket. You need to pay ₹38,774 for a direct return ticket to Bagdogra (a spike of 331%).
Why Are The Prices Increasing?
The aforementioned destinations are major airports as these are the landing points for some massive tourist destinations. If you are travelling to Kerala, you will land in Kochi, Chandigarh for Himachal Pradesh, Dehradun airport for Uttarakhand, and land in Bagdogra to reach Darjeeling and Northeast.
This year, Diwali will be celebrated on 24 October, which is a Monday. So, tourists will surely take the advantage of this long weekend and pack their bags to jet off somewhere. The holiday period this Diwali will be quite elongated with the Labh Pancham on 29 October and Saatam on 31 October. Also, on the weekdays from 25 October to 28 October, many businesses take some off time. In conclusion, the timing is great for going on a long/short vacation. The trouble is the rise in demand and the fewer frequencies of flights in some major airports. All these factors are falling together for the surge in airfare prices.