At­trac­tive Air­line, Ho­tel Deals Make Mon­soon the Best Sea­son for Travel

Book­ings for short haul do­mes­tic & in­ter­na­tional travel pack­ages shoot up

The Economic Times - - Companies & Economy - Anu­meha.Chaturvedi @times­group.com

New Delhi: Mon­soon rains have not damp­ened the spir­its of the in­trepid In­dian trav­eller a wee bit. As air­lines of­fer mon­soon sales and por­tals launch at­trac­tive of­fers, year-on-year growth for mon­soon travel on por­tals like Clear­trip has sur­passed book­ings for sum­mer sea­son this year, In­dia’s choic­est sea­son for travel.

“Year-on-year growth for mon­soon travel has sur­passed sum­mer travel growth for this year. Av­er­age daily searches for air­line book­ings grew by 27% year-on-year for do­mes­tic and 15% for in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions for mon­soon travel. Peo­ple are look­ing at head­ing out to rel­ish the lush greens and re­ju­ve­nat­ing spells of driz­zle and rain ev­i­dent from an over­all 20% year-on-year in­crease in mon­soon travel this year,” said Balu Ra­machan­dran, head, air and dis­tri­bu­tion, Clear­trip.

Trav­ellers from the met­ros were most keen on a mon­soon break with New Delhi, Mum­bai, Ben­galuru, Hy­der­abad and Chen­nai be­ing the top five cities from where the max­i­mum num­ber of book­ings for mon­soon travel pack­ages were recorded on the por­tal.

In­dia’s sec­ond largest travel por­tal Ya­tra.com saw 68% jump in air­line book­ings this mon­soon sea­son from 2016. Ho­tel book­ings on Ya­tra.com grew more than 300%.

“Off-sea­son va­ca­tions have their own perks as travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion can be availed at cheaper rates. The traf­fic is be­ing driven by air­lines an­nounc­ing sales in ad­vance to stim­u­late early book­ing,” said Sharat Dhall, COO, B2C, Ya­tra.com.

Travel por­tals said al­most all ma­jor air­lines of­fered mon­soon sea­son sales boost­ing num­bers sig­nif­i­cantly.

Ac­cord­ing to travel meta search, ix­igo, there was a 28% in­crease in flight book­ings be­tween June 27 and July 4 as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous week as trav­ellers booked flights for as low as .₹ 199 club­bing ix­igo cash­back with fares that went down to .₹ 699 for SpiceJet and .₹ 745 for Indigo. The spike could be at­trib­uted to big sales by air­lines in­clud­ing SpiceJet, Indigo, Vis­tara and Air Asia. On an av­er­age, flight fares dur­ing this pe­riod were 21% lower than the past 30 days.

Some of the pop­u­lar routes that saw a ma­jor drop in fares in­cluded Agar­tala-Guwa­hati start­ing at .₹ 699, Jammu-Sri­na­gar start­ing at .₹ 699, Delhi-Jaipur start­ing at .₹ 880, Chen­nai-Ben­galuru start­ing at .₹ 898, Ahmed­abad-Mum­bai start­ing at .₹ 1,048, Ben­galuru-Goa start­ing at .₹ 1,098, Delhi-Luc­know start­ing at .₹ 1,199. MakeMyTrip said there was a 27% growth in trips be­ing planned by In­di­ans this mon­soon sea­son com­pared to last year with 60% more In­di­ans trav­el­ling to in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions dur­ing the mon­soon. Book­ings for des­ti­na­tions like Bali, Krabi, and Toronto grew more than three times and one and a half times re­spec­tively com­pared to the same time last year.

On travel mar­ket­place GoFro, 58% of the to­tal queries re­ceived for travel dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son were for short haul in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions like Bali and Dubai.

Lon­avala, Coorg, Pondicherry, Port­blair, Guwa­hati, Kochi, Tri­van­drum, Jaipur were some of the top des­ti­na­tions booked for mon­soon va­ca­tions on Clear­trip while Goa, Manali, Mysore, Ooty and Shimla were the most pop­u­lar do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions on MakeMyTrip this rainy sea­son.

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