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Delhi-Bangkok spot fares cheaper than flying to Patna this Diwali

Aviation companies are cashing in on the rush of passengers ahead of Diwali with fares in some cases almost double to that of flying to an international destination.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2017 12:15 IST
Ruchir Kumar
Ruchir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Air fares to Patna from major cities have soared ahead of Diwali.
Air fares to Patna from major cities have soared ahead of Diwali.(HT Photo)

Low-cost carriers are capitalising on the festive season as spot fares to Patna around Diwali (October 19) have spiked.

Air tickets between Delhi and Patna on Monday were costlier than to any of the most favoured Indian international destinations like Singapore, Muscat (Oman), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) or Bangkok (Thailand).

A one-way Delhi-Patna individual air ticket on travel portal was available for a minimum of Rs 13,498 on IndiGo. Interestingly, a ticket on SpiceJet to Singapore cost Rs 8,085 and Rs 7,999 to Bangkok, Rs 7,261 to Muscat by IndiGo and Rs 9,940 to Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia on October 16.

Even after four days, a one-way individual air ticket to any of these international destinations was within Rs 11,333 on the travel portal.

On the contrary, domestic air tickets from anywhere to Patna were much costlier as compared to their average off-season air fare. The travel portal showed that a Delhi-Patna air ticket on Monday was available for Rs 14,945 on SpiceJet, between Rs 13,822 and Rs 16,558 on GoAir and between Rs 17,512 and Rs 19,665 on Air India, depending on flight timing. The same sector ticket was available for as low as Rs 2090 on IndiGo for October 31.

“We can charge up to Rs 19,369 for economy class ticket and Rs 31,674 for business class, as these are our full fare on the Delhi-Patna sector. Our economy class fare ranges from Rs 3,311 to Rs 19,369 per ticket,” said Air India station manager, Patna, Mukesh Kumar.

Monday’s Mumbai-Patna airfares would burn your pocket, as it was priced at a minimum of Rs 19,688 against Rs 4,044 available on IndiGo for October 31.

A Bangalore-Patna ticket on Monday was available for Rs 16,133 against Rs 3,846 on October 31 on the travel portal. Similarly, Monday’s Hyderabad-Patna air ticket was available for Rs 25,526 against Rs 4,613 on October 31.

Interestingly, the fares this year are not as much as the previous year during the festive season.

“A Delhi-Patna return air ticket had cost Rs 38,736, with a one-way ticket going up to Rs 19,369 last year. This year, the fares are not as much because the number of flights to Patna has increased,” said Raman Jha of Super Travels.

The airfares being dynamic in nature were changing by the minute as flight tickets flew off the shelf fast.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 12:15 IST

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