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It’s More Expensive Than Ever to Fly to India

It’s More Expensive Than Ever to Fly to India
Joe Cortez

Flyers traveling to South Asia’s most populated country should expect to pay more for their next ticket. After Jet Airways suspended international service, aviation professionals are seeing an airfare increase as seats to Delhi disappear overnight.

If you’re planning a trip to India in the near future, expect your flight to cost more than ever before. The South China Morning Post reports airfare to Delhi and other major cities in the south Asian nation are projected to increase significantly.

The price spike is predicated on the collapse of Indian carrier Jet Airways. On Friday, April 12, 2019, the airline announced they would suspend international service, leaving thousands flying to Delhi and other points stranded.

At one point, the airline controlled one-quarter of the market in Delhi and nearly one-third of all available seats to Mumbai. The two major airlines now controlling international access to India are oneworld member Cathay Pacific and Star Alliance member Air India. With only two major airlines dominating seats to India, analysts expect ticket prices to significantly increase.

In recent searches completed by the newspaper, current pricing makes it cheaper to fly between Hong Kong and London than to Delhi. A flight to London in economy costs just under $880 – while that same seat to Delhi costs around $1,196.

“It’s bad for everyone,” travel agent Poonam Nanda told the South China Morning Post. “Indian aviation’s failure to compete internationally means their government will be reluctant to expand air services and encourage much-needed competition.”

Previously propped up with partnership from Etihad Airways, the airline is now only operating 20 aircraft. A report from the Times of India suggests the airline will not receive any bailout funding, leaving the company’s board of directors to decide its ultimate fate on Tuesday, April 16.

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6 Comments

  1. fotographer

    April 16, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I was in Mumbai last night.. sad to see about 20 jet planes just sitting around the airport,
    Jet is done…. period… I dont see any come back, yet

  2. GetSetJetSet

    April 16, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Sad, 9W was a good airline.

  3. Dhamal

    April 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    9W had crappy service with attitude.and now lead the same death as King Fisher.. good riddance.. I’m sure the Gulf Carriers & AI willl pick up the remaing passengers..

  4. scnzzz

    April 17, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Misleading title. From Hong Kong, the statement is correct. From most of the rest of the world, there are many options to India, not least the ME3. And 9W has a miniscule share from pretty much any destination to India.

  5. djjaguar64

    April 17, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Its not only 2 major airlines to India, what about LH, AC, LX, TG, SQ , inaccurate reporting

  6. RUAMKZ

    April 18, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Part of the issue is with Delhi, as well. Due to pollution, as well as having to circumvent Pakistani airspace, some services in and out of DEL have been cut. Which contributes to the rest of the mess at hand.

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