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Diwali rush: It’s cheaper to fly to Dubai from Chandigarh than Mumbai this weekend

With long-distance trains plying from the Chandigarh railway station reserved till October 26, taking a flight is the only option for people planning to travel in the coming days.

punjab Updated: Oct 17, 2017 11:38 IST
Ifrah Mufti
Figure this: On Saturday (October 21), two days after Diwali, the airfare between Chandigarh and Mumbai is between Rs 15,000 and Rs 17,800.
Figure this: On Saturday (October 21), two days after Diwali, the airfare between Chandigarh and Mumbai is between Rs 15,000 and Rs 17,800. (HT File/Representative image )

The weekend after Diwali, flying to anywhere in India will be more expensive than taking a flight to Dubai. With long-distance trains plying from the Chandigarh railway station reserved till October 26, taking a flight is the only option for people planning to travel in the coming days.

Figure this: On Saturday (October 21), two days after Diwali, the airfare between Chandigarh and Mumbai is between Rs 15,000 and Rs 17,800.

While the direct Indigo flight costs Rs 16,751, Go Air’s one-way fare is Rs 17,806. The normal airfare is Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000. However, on the same day and even till October 23, the Chandigarh-Dubai flight will cost between Rs 11,000 and Rs 14,000.

Officials of private airlines claimed there is no sudden rise in the fare, but it depends on demand and supply and “fare buckets”.

“Those booking well in advance get the advantage of lower fares. Those booking now will have to opt for the higher fare bucket and shell out more,” said a senior Jet Airways official, seeking anonymity.

“All those who get their tickets booked a month in advance are the lucky ones. Now, people will have to pay four times the normal fare.”

Similarly, the Chandigarh-Jaipur flight ticket, which normally costs Rs 3,000-Rs3,500, is available for more than Rs10,000 after Diwali. The Chandigarh-Srinagar air fare will also go up to Rs 12,550 from Rs 3,000, while flying to Bengaluru will cost up to Rs 20,000 instead of Rs 3,500-Rs4,500 from October 21 to 23.

“All those who get their tickets booked a month in advance are the lucky ones. Now, people will have to pay four times the normal fare,” said a city-based travel agent.

There is not a single seat available in major long-distance trains including Unchahar Express, Chandigarh-Lucknow Express, Mumbai train, Goa Sampark Kranti and Dibrugarh Express till October 25. The waiting list has crossed the 500 mark in most of these trains.