NEW DELH : About a fortnight after the resumption of regular international flights after almost two years, Indians flocked to the United Arab Emirates, the Maldives and Thailand in Asia; Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria in Europe; and other destinations such as Turkey, Australia, the UK and the US, travel industry executives said.
“We have seen a significant increase in inquiries for international destinations such as Maldives, Thailand, UAE, UK, Australia and USA. Dubai continues to lead list with a significant increase in demand, especially for those who want to take part in short-distance vacations,” said Nishant Pitti, co-founder of online travel company EaseMyTrip.
“We have also seen a 30% increase in last minute flight and travel bookings, and we expect this trend to continue over the summer months, leading to a greater increase in international bookings” , added Pitti.
India has allowed around 60 airlines from 40 countries to operate 1,783 weekly international flights from India during the 2022 summer timetable. Indian airlines have been allowed to operate up to 1,466 weekly international departures during the summer timetable between March 27 and October 29.
“Western European destinations such as Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria have seen more than 4x growth in queries over the past year, while Dubai and Abu Dhabi are seeing growth 40-50% in demand compared to the same period last year, said Indiver Rastogi, President & Group Head of Global Business Travel at Thomas Cook (India) & SOTC, adding that demand for trips to Turkey and Egypt increased by 40% and to the United States by 100%.
“Short-haul destinations, in particular, are currently seeing the maximum rise with Thailand up 3 times a week, followed by Singapore and Indonesia; also, island destinations like the Maldives (30%) and Mauritius (35%) and closer to home, Nepal,” Rastogi said.
While the resumption of scheduled international flights is a relief and will boost international travel, airline executives expect passenger demand from India to Europe and North America to remain affected in the short term. term due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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