A return air ticket from Delhi to Singapore is cheaper than flying from the national capital to Patna during the Chhath festival starting this Friday.
A Delhi-Singapore Air India ticket through travel portal MakeMyTrip.com for November 4 and return on November 7 will cost Rs 37,295. It will be even less with private airlines — as low as Rs 27,377.
Correspondingly, flying to Patna from Delhi and back during the same period will cost Rs 38,736, with a one-way ticket costing Rs 19,369.
Chhath is a Vedic festival that features offerings to the sun god for sustaining life on earth, typically bringing people to the northern India from other parts of the country and abroad. Its dates for this year are November 4 to 7.
If the air fares during the period make your eyes roll, hold on.
The cost of a one-way Delhi-Patna ticket can still go up to Rs 31,674, which is the published business-class full fare per passenger on the national carrier.
“We can charge up to Rs 31,674 per ticket for business class and Rs 19,369 for economy class on the Delhi-Patna sector. This is our published full fare per ticket,” said Air India station manager (Patna) Mukesh Kumar. “However, the economy-class fare ranges from Rs 4,000 to Rs 19,369 per ticket.”
Blame the soaring fares on dynamic pricing of air tickets. “Every airline does inventory management of each aircraft at its corporate level. As seats are booked, the fares go up,” Kumar added.
Interestingly, Air India tickets were almost double of what IndiGo was charging. A Delhi-Patna IndiGo ticket for November 4 was still available at Rs 10,412 on the travel portal.
Similarly, return to Delhi on November 7 — the day of the morning arghya puja — was available for a low of Rs 7,051 by GoAir (G8-134) morning flight at 8.25am, and a high of Rs 19,369 by Air India afternoon flights AI-410 and AI-408 at 12.40pm and 3.25pm, respectively.
On the contrary, a single return ticket from Delhi to Singapore on the same days will cost Rs 27,377 — a Delhi-Singapore ticket by IndiGo costing Rs 15,331 and return by Malinda Airlines priced at Rs 12,046.