It looks like Demonetisation has not affected the smaller segments alone but the big aviation industry has also got severely affected due to it. The air tickets were never gone down so much low for Goa during the season time. Especially during the Christmas and New year. But now the news is coming that, Airfares to Goa from all major destinations in India would be cutting down to almost half. Does that appeal you to come to Goa this time?
According to the news published by the TOI, Tourists looking for the holiday in Goa on this Christmas and New Year season could finally find a silver lining due to the demonetization move. Flight prices to Goa that normally shoots up uncontrollably during the year-end, especially, during the Christmas and New year, have been reined in this year due to two major reasons, mainly the curbed spending power caused by demonetization and secondarily, due to the central government policies imposing controls on the aviation sector.
Besides the above two major reasons, there are various speculations in regards to the cutting down of the cost of airfares. According to the sources, another reason behind the slowing down of airfares could be the non existence of the two major music festivals in Goa this year, Sunburn and Supersonic. “Goa is also not hosting the two electronic dance music festivals, Sunburn and Supersonic, this year. This could have also affected the demand for tickets to the state,” said the sources.
The sources have also revealed that, though the flight tickets to Goa from the major metros are still relatively high but the rates have not touched the usual hair-raising levels yet. According to the sources, the flight prices on routes like Delhi to Goa or Kolkata to Goa had touched even 18,000 to 20,000 last year during the season. This year a flight ticket from Delhi to Goa is priced at 7,842 on Christmas eve and 9,748 on New Year’s Eve. The fares from Kolkata are similar.
The airfares on two major routes, Mumbai – Goa and Bangalore – Goa have also remained reasonable during this season time. According to the sources, The airfare from Mumbai to Goa will cost around 5,000 on December 24 and December 30. While in case of Bengaluru, this cost hovers around Rs 3,000, keeping the ticket costs affordable on both these sectors.
Although the inbound prices of the air tickets have slashed down considerably but the outbound airfare has not got affected with this at all, said the sources. According to them, the back home traveling will still be going to cost high. “It will be still going to cost exorbitant to fly out of the state post-New Year celebrations, as was the case during the previous years. Flight prices are three to four times their regular costs. Residents of Ahmedabad will be paying Rs 7,282 to fly to Goa for New Year’s Eve, but they will have to shell out over Rs 12,000 to return home. Travelers from Kolkata and Delhi will have to pay up a similar amount to fly home, and these prices are expected to rise further as the New Year approaches closer,” said the sources.
According to the sources, the normal airfare from Goa to Bangalore is around Rs. 1400 during the year which shoots up post new year, i.e. January 1st or 2nd to Rs. 8400 almost seven times more. So if you are planning a trip to Goa this festive season then its best opportunity for you, provided you get ready for the after effects of the same.