New Delhi/Washington: Ever since the US government advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India given a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, airfares on India-US flights have risen significantly, aviation industry sources said on Sunday. An average fare for an economy-class ticket on an India-US flight is around Rs 50,000, but the fares for this week’s flights are hovering around Rs 1.5 lakh, the sources added. The sources reasoned that fares hike were a result of high demand for tickets on India-US flights after the advisory issued on Thursday. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Eased, Unlock Process in 27 Districts From Monday | Check Details
“Many passengers want to go to US immediately as they don’t want to get stuck here if further restrictions are put in place on India-US flights,” said one of the sources. Also Read - Sputnik V Rollout in Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital by Next Week
US is not the only country that has restricted travel to India. Other countries include Germany, the UK and the UAE who have also issued restrictions on air travel from India. The UAE has banned travel from India for 10 days from Sunday due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country. Also Read - ICC Test Rankings: New Zealand Dethrone India From Top Position Ahead of WTC Final
The US government on Thursday had put India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives on its Level 4 travel advisory, which means asking Americans not to travel to these countries.
Meanwhile, private chartered flights within the country are also in high demand these days, mainly for taking Covid-19 patients from smaller cities to bigger cities for better medical treatment.
An official of a Mumbai-based charter flight operator said his planes have been busy for the last couple of days as they have been conducted continuous air ambulance flights for high net-worth individuals.
The price of private chartered flights have increased by up to two times, said a Delhi-based general aviation company official.
India logged a record 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day taking its total tally of Covid-19 cases to 1,69,60,172, while active cases crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
(with agency inputs)