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Low capacity, World Cup send air fares to London soaring

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Suspension of Airways flights and massive demand ahead of have sent air fares soaring for flights to from and

Most direct flights for coming weeks are already booked and the indirect flights offered by foreign carriers such as Singapore Airlines, and Turkish are costing a fortune.

(B2C) Sharat Dhall said that long-haul routes to Europe, and the UK had seen a fare hike upto 15-20 per cent.

"The rise of over 36 per cent on the UK route can be attributed to the start of from June," he added.

A return economy class ticket on the Mumbai-route, booked 15 days in advance from now, has gone up 25-30 per cent. Some of the flights by and are already full.

"The withdrawal of Airways has had a short-term impact on this route as fares had already gone up 25-30 per cent for bookings made for the next 10 to 15 days," said John Nair, Head - Business Travel, "However, for the second week of May, the fares are reasonable," he added.

A one-way Delhi-ticket by Air India, booked through MakeMyTrip, is costing Rs 66,263. A flight on same day could be bought for Rs 77,848.

The cheapest one-way ticket on this sector for travel on the same date is being offered by Ethiopian The one-stop flight could be booked for Rs 35,126. A seat on flight via would cost Rs 44,888.

"Direct flights to are very expensive this summer. While Airways has suspended operations on the route, there has not been any major capacity addition on this sector in the last four years. Unless new flights are added, fare levels would remain high," said Ankur Bhatia,



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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:26 IST