New Delhi: Almost 20 days after domestic flight operations resumed in India, airlines are now plying flights at full allowed capacity, if not overbooking, reports are suggesting. Initially, there were apprehensions that CXOVID-19 fear will lead to a death in the demand for domestic tickets. But demands are high. On some routes, demands are so high that airlines are even overbooking, a report of the Mint claimed. Also Read - Domestic Flights: Resumption of Services Not Helping Much as People Are Buying One-Way Tickets | 10 Points
While there is no uniform official decision on making tickets cheaper in the wake of the high demand, airfares have decreased 20-25 percent week-on-week, making flying an attractive option for immediate trips. Also Read - International Flights: Nine Additional Flights From Sharjah to India | Check Details
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Here is all you need to know:
1. IndiGo is overbooking in many sectors, according to the latest passenger load data of the airline.
2. GoAir has reported 70-80% average passenger load factor across sectors and nearly 100% to destinations such as Lucknow and Varanasi.
3. Among other popular destinations are Patna, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Cochin etc.
4. Airlines are permitted to operate at only up to 33 per cent of the generally approved summer flights schedule.
5. It was apprehended that they won’t be flying at full capacity as flyers may have reservations against flying — especially when there is a lack of clarity on whether the middle seats are kept empty or not.
6. Flyers are not discouraged by the various quarantine regulations imposed by the states, either.
7. Initially, there were more bookings from metro cities to non-metro cities. But now the trend is otherwise as the offices are gradually opening.
8. Bookings in the Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Bengaluru, Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Kolkata routes have gone up 22-30% in the first week of June.
9. Lucknow-Chennai route is witnessing a six-fold increase in demand.
10. Lucknow-Kolkata is reporting a nearly fourfold rise.