Why do expensive domestic airfares force you to plan vacations abroad?

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Summer and Travel: India will witness a hotter-than-normal summer this year, with El Nino conditions likely to continue at least till May, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Northeast Peninsular India, which includes Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, North Interior Karnataka and several parts of Maharashtra and Odisha, may experience more than normal heat wave days.

In particular, tourists from the western part of the country and even the beeline hill resorts in southern India are in the northern regions, especially the hill states located in the foothills of the Himalayan range.

Expensive air travel

Air Transport Specialists and Travel Trade Operators from Maharashtra, along with the Republic Commercial Spoke with, domestic airfares, especially to tourist destinations in North India, are becoming a concern for vacationers this year.

„The increase in airfares over the past few days has been significant and is forcing many vacationers to make changes in their travel plans to accommodate budgets. Airfare to North India has almost doubled,” said Daryasheel Vandekar.

Travelers from West and South India who frequent the hills in North India have already started advanced travel bookings for the months of May and June as a result of the Met Department's weather warning. Travel bookings to foreign destinations are also attracting travelers as airfares to destinations like Dubai, Singapore and Thailand are in demand.

Meteorologist's forecast for hot summer, travel and tour bookings are in place. Abhijeet Patil, chairman of Raja Rani Travels, told The Republic Commercial Travelers from Maharashtra, Gujarat and southern states are traditionally known to plan vacations to North India during April and May as the western and southern zones experience dry and hot weather during these months.

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„Chandigarh and the national capital Delhi are the major air travel hubs from where passengers travel to other destinations in states like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. The one-way air fare from Pune to Leh has risen to around Rs 23,000 per person. , seen last year. „Compared to flight fares of Rs 10,000 to 12,000,” Patil said.

Global goals

It is worth noting that almost all airlines have signaled to press for an increase in airfares in the coming days due to expensive jet fuel, airport taxes and above all increasing passenger demand. “Air fares have already increased and we expect this to see an improvement in bookings.

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April is the period when seasonal gardens and other scenic spots are in full bloom and attract a large number of visitors,” said Raja Rani Tours president, adding that room rates range from budget to luxury. Hospitality properties have started to increase.

„Domestic airfares have always been predatory pricing and domestic tourism has been at great risk for decades. The sheer size of India's population alone means demand will always outstrip supply, so even with high costs, popular tourist destinations are often sold out,” Patil said.

However, in bargaining, all stakeholders have to suffer as they have to lower prices to sell in a competitive market, Patil added. „Lots of tourists go abroad because it's much cheaper to fly to other popular Indian tourist destinations like Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Thailand,” said Raja Rani Tours Chairman.

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