With the festive season around the corner, the airfare is likely to soar high, especially for flights to and from Mumbai. A few days back, there were speculations that flight bookings might be thin this season owing to the recent rupee downfall, and many airlines were mulling over the idea of not adding up any new flights for the winters, which was done in previous years. However, the chairman of Travel Agents Association of India thinks otherwise and made a statement recently that contrary to speculations, this season might have a heavier rush of foreign tourists and NRIs and consequently, the demand for domestic flights will increase. This is also the effect of the rupee downfall that will surely attract a lot of travellers from outside in the upcoming weeks, and there will a rush for flight ticket booking for domestic destinations. Last winters, all nationwide airlines operated 10,935 flights per week, which is most likely to go up this year, if we go by the words of the chairman of Travel Agents Association of India.
According to an airport official, presently, the Mumbai airport handles 700 aircraft movements per day (including arrival and departure), which is likely to go up by 750 from October end to March. This means that 25 extra flights will take off from the Mumbai airport in a day, adding up around 3,400 extra seats on departure flights.
More flights for the Festive Season
Go Air, which is planning to start its services from the end of October, is likely to add the largest number of flights for the winter schedule in India, especially from Mumbai. The routes on which it will operate its flights are more likely to be Mumbai-Jaipur, Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kochi, Mumbai-Lucknow and Bangalore-Mumbai. Go Air ticket booking will soon start once it freezes all its routes and gives a go ahead for ticket sales.