Omicron Scare: Flight Tickets Become Costly By Upto 100% In These Routes
Omicron is on the loose and its effect on air travel is already starting to show.
Those planning to travel overseas need to brace themselves since air fares have doubled and even tripled for certain destinations.
Air Bubbles And Price Hikes
India has air bubble arrangements in place with a select few countries.
This means that there is a limited capacity on the number of flights which can run between India and any other country.
As a result, airfares from India to countries like the UAE, the US, Britain and Canada have shot up.
The lowest airfare from Delhi to Toronto in Canada which would cost Rs 80,000 will now set you back by Rs 2.37 lakh.
Travelers flying to the UK will have to shell out nearly Rs 1.2 lakh, from Rs 60,000 earlier.
This can be attributed to peak travel season including students during admissions season, creating a huge travel demand.
However, the number of flights to service that demand are not sufficient, hence the steep price hikes.
Return flights from India (Delhi airport) to the UAE have doubled and now cost upwards of Rs 33,000.
A round trip during better times would cost approximately Rs 20,000.
Those anticipating future travel restrictions owing to the Omicron variant are rushing to make an exit which has caused airfares to balloon.
India-US return tickets now cost upwards of approximately Rs 1.7 lakh (from Delhi).
The prices used to range between Rs 90,000 and Rs 1.2 lakh.
Airfares to Chicago, Washington DC and New York City have seen a 100% rise.
Business class tickets have doubled to nearly Rs 6 lakh.