Due to the pandemic, few trains operate between Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune.
In light of Holi this month, fares for flights to Patna have shown a sharp upward curve. People who want to return to their hometown to celebrate Holi with their families pay two to three times the normal flight price from the major metropolises of the country.
With airlines having the luxury of charging flexible fees, the Delhi to Patna fare reached a price range of Rs 6100 to Rs 6900, despite the fact that passengers bought the tickets a month in advance.
“My son lives in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi, and is preparing for the UPSC exam. We want him to return home so we can celebrate the Festival of Colors together. When he tried to get a train ticket, he got it then I bought a plane ticket for him in the last week of February for Rs 6700. On a normal day, the plane ticket from Delhi to Patna is easily available for Rs 2300, “said Raushan Yadav, a resident of Boring Street, Patna.
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Due to the pandemic, few trains operate between Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to get tickets for them on festive occasions like Holi.
“My daughter and son-in-law live in Hyderabad and bought airline tickets despite the current very high price. In the pandemic, air travel is safer than trains or buses, which take more time,” said Raj Kishore Singh, a resident of Kankarbagh in Patna.
Scanning the airlines’ websites showed the maximum airfare on March 26th and 27th, two days before Holi. The fare from Kolkata to Patna ranged from Rs 4300 to Rs 4500, Mumbai to Patna Rs 6100 to Rs 6300, Bengaluru to Patna Rs 6300 to Rs 7000, Chennai to Patna Rs 6900 to Rs 7400, Hyderabad to Patna Rs 5600 to Rs 6000.
Rohit Kumar, a Patna-based travel agent, said, “We are seeing a maximum rush from Delhi and Bengaluru to Patna and Darbhanga in Bihar. Therefore, airlines are charging flexible fares. It is expected that they will continue to rise. Given the heavy onslaught, airlines can also ask the Civil Aviation Department for additional flights. “
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