Travel agents claimed on Tuesday that Chandigarh-Dubai Indigo flight got a good response and all the introductory fare seats — 5-10 seats per flight — have been sold out.
The flight will be starting from September 26 and departure is going to be at 4:15 pm while from Dubai to Chandigarh the departure will be at 6:05 am. The carrier will be an Airbus 320 plane.
“It has been expected that this corridor will attract more people. Earlier, people had to go to Delhi to catch Dubai flight,” said MS Bajaj, who runs Bajaj Travels Limited in Sector 17. The company informed that return-fare of a trip with departure on October 1 and arrival on December 28 is Rs 22,500. But departure in February of 2017 and return in the same month is costing just over Rs 10,000. “After the sale of introductory fare tickets by Indigo, the return trip to Dubai is costing around Rs 15,000 Rs 18,000,” Bajaj said.
Vineet Sharma, who runs Sheetal Travels in Sector 17, confirmed that introductory fare tickets had been sold out.
“We have been getting queries by groups having 35-40 people. For a person who wants to depart on October 1 and come back on October 4 the cost will be around Rs 17,500 and for one way it is costing ` 8,300 per person,” he said
Travel agents say that the rates are climbing now.
Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo, said, “Chandigarh has been a promising market for us. The new service will reinforce our commitment to the state of Punjab and Haryana. This will also provide increased convenience for customers travelling from Himachal Pradesh and other adjoining cities of Punjab and Haryana.”
“We are fully prepared to launch the flight and other airlines will also be interested after seeing such a positive response,” said chief executive officer, Chandigarh international airport, Sunil Dutt.
“As of now there is no formal inquiry from any other operator to start any other international flight,” he added.