For example, a Mumbai to Kochi one-way non-stop flight booked now for October 21 will cost Rs 20,486, the cheapest in the category. In comparison, the cheapest Delhi-Kochi return ticket for travel on October 21 and October 24 would be around Rs 14,000.
A one-way non-stop fare from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram starts at Rs 11,153. Also, a random search on online booking website MakeMyTrip.com shows that people traveling from Delhi to Patna will have to pay Rs 13,409 for a one-way non-stop flight for October 21.
This comes after the Center on August 31 removed the cap on air fares after a gap of more than two years. The caps set upper and lower limits on airfares during the pandemic, allowing ticket prices to rise or fall in response to demand.
A one-way non-stop flight from Mumbai to Guwahati costs over Rs 15,000 and the price for Gangtok is even higher. The cheapest Mumbai Gangtok one way 1 stop flight is Rs 27,628. While a one-way non-stop flight from Delhi to Gangtok will cost Rs 17,400.
We are optimistic that this festive season will boost demand and create a positive travel sentiment,” added Gupta.
Rajesh Magu, Co-Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip, said they have witnessed a steady and strong recovery in leisure travel to domestic destinations. For domestic air travel, the recovery is about 90 percent from pre-pandemic levels, as industry data shows. Our business has similar recovery trends.
With the drop in cases of CoVID-19, the demand for travel has increased significantly. We are positive that people are looking forward to traveling during the upcoming holidays. We are already seeing a 90-100 percent increase in inquiries during the festive season this year compared to 2021, said SVP, Product and Chief Service Officer, OYO.