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Rising fares on India-Oman sector hit travellers hard

Rising fares on India-Oman sector hit travellers hard

This year, nonetheless, travellers have also been hit the hardest due to the suspension of flight operations by some airlines on the India-Oman sector. Jet Airways, 1 of the top private airlines of India is grounded as it has gone bankrupt.

Indigo has stopped flying on the Muscat-Kochi route given that April 1 and Calicut-Muscat route from 2017. It has also stopped flying on the Muscat-Ahmedabad sector from March.

Oman Air has suspended its operations to several cities in the planet such as Mumbai in India as element of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation directives to halt operations of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Rising airfares saw several venting their anger on social media platforms. A tweet study, “Sir…please address the high airfare issues facing NRIs in Oman and the UAE on the Kerala sector. After Indigo and Jet Airways stopped flying on these routes we have to pay exorbitant rates to travel home…flying to the USA is cheaper. High time you take up this issue.”

A senior official from United Travel mentioned, “This year airfares are greater in comparison to final year. The purpose is only 1 – the demand is higher. And the demand is higher since specific airlines have withdrawn solutions to specific cities this year.

“Many airlines do not fly to the city of your option. So, you have to take a connecting flight and finish up paying a lot more.

“Airfares to the south have increased say by RO100 compared to those flying to the north and west of India where airfares have risen but by RO50.”

He mentioned that somebody who has booked his flight months ago would have undoubtedly paid much less than somebody who is attempting to book now to fly subsequent week.

Shamveel, operations manager, Travel City LLC TravelPoint mentioned, “It’s not that fares are going up on the India sector only. It’s all about demand-provide gap.

“In comparison to final year, airfares have risen by 25 per cent a lot more. For instance earlier in non-peak time, Muscat to Mumbai was more affordable to travel. People would spend much less than RO100.

“Demand is more. Those who have booked in advance are a lucky lot and those who book at the last minute have to pay more. We get many enquiries about tickets but travellers are hesitant to book due to high fares.”

John Mathew, an expat from the south Indian state of Kerala mentioned, “The number of flights to India has come down but the number of travellers has remained the same. Most people who go on holidays at this time of the year plan their trips in advance and book tickets accordingly. So they save on money. But there are some who can’t book in advance as a result they have to pay through their nose.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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