Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chandigarh flights up, fares too

MUMBAI: Two more airlines announced special flights between Mumbai and Chandigarh for cricket fans who want to watch Wednesday's semi-final between India and Pakistan, but experts say prohibitive air fares may deter most fliers.

Both Kingfisher and Jet Airways announced they will operate one flight each from Mumbai. Jet will operate a flight on Wednesday at 3.50 am from Mumbai which will return from Chandigarh at 7.30 am on Thursday. The Kingfisher flight will leave Mumbai around midnight on Wednesday and return from Chandigarh on Thursday.

Airlines may have thought it prudent to cash in on the cricket fever, but industry experts feel the attempt comes too late in the day, especially due to the high fare on these flights. A one-way seat to Chandigarh on the special flights is between Rs 20,000 to Rs 24,000. "GoAir, which added two extra flights on Sunday, has empty seats as the demand has now watered down,'' said Jay Bhatia, managing director, Tulsidas Khimji travels. "On Tuesday, just a day before the match, there have been no queries for Chandigarh,'' he added. Bhatia said that this is primarily due to exorbitant fares. Also, it is too late for anyone to plan travel.

"No one would wait till the last minute to book tickets or make travel arrangements. Most people booked early. Those who could not find a seat booked a flight to Delhi and then decided to take a taxi to Mohali. It is a cheaper option,'' said a Fort-based travel agent. "Only those willing to spend more than Rs 40,000 on travel and who waited till the last minute booked on special flights,'' he added.

Rajesh Rateria, managing director, Cirrus Travels, said the demand for tickets had died down. "Till Sunday, there were a lot of queries and bookings for Chandigarh. Even Monday saw last-minute planners rushing to buy tickets though they were expensive. But even with two more flights available on Tuesday, there are few buyers,'' Rateria said. A Kingfisher official said the airline had managed to sell only 30-40 return seats on the new flight by Tuesday noon.
Source: Times of India

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  4. Kingfisher and Jet Airways have done a great job by adding their flights to Mumbai, because there are numerous people who want to watch the final live from Mumbai. India is in the finals and they are favorites as well.

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  6. Lower demand pushes prices up, always the consumer that suffers

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  7. It is a good step taken by the airlines company. Of course there will be very rush for match. So it will be very comfortable plan for passengers.

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  8. Great job done by these airlines companies. The needs and convenience of every passengers is a must to be considered always. Also, thumbs up for sharing this post to a lot of people.

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  9. Thanks for the information. Airline companies should improve their services for their clients. As a traveller I need also to know the fares because sometimes if you book your flight earlier you will spend less.

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  10. nice posting. my college is in Chandigarh and these fares are very nice for me

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  11. I believe that airlines may have thought it prudent to cash in on the cricket fever, but industry experts feel the attempt comes too late in the day, especially due to the high fare on these flights.

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  12. Airlines may have thought it prudent to cash in on the cricket fever, but industry experts feel the attempt comes too late in the day, especially due to the high fare on these flights.

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  14. Well, I have heard about this information too. I must say that that one is very interesting. Cricket fans surely have took the chances on those Airline offers. Cricket events such as those are once-in-a-lifetime moments. Good thing Chandigarh came up with those ideas.

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