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Planning trip to London? Cough up Rs 1.8 lakh

MUMBAI: Airfares to foreign cities that Jet operated to have touched a record top. On Tuesday, the cheapest one-way economic system class price tag to be had for travel from Mumbai to London, on April 22, was Rs 1.8 lakh. It’s for a 19-hour Air China flight by way of Beijing. The least expensive Delhi-London fare was Rs 93,000 for a 16-hour Alitalia flight by way of Rome and Milan. There are rarely any continuous flights to be had to standard destinations like London and Amsterdam this week and on most days next week.

The best solace is that relatively better fares had been to be had for travel on sure days prior to Easter. Like, for travel on April 17, the cheapest Mumbai-London one-way price tag was Rs 1 lakh on a 14-hour Qatar Airways flight by way of Doha. Tickets on continuous Delhi-Tokyo, one-way flights began at Rs 58,000.

Jet Airways seeks Rs 400 crore from lenders to keep away from shutdown

Jet Airways on Tuesday sent a final SOS to banks for fast unencumber of a minimum of Rs 400 crore to keep away from an entire shutdown by end of day. While it's nonetheless ready to listen to from banks, aviation authorities have meanwhile began frantic efforts to rein in runaway fares as a fallout of Jet — which had a fleet size of 124 ultimate November — is operating just 5 planes as of Tuesday.

“During summer season top season, a one-way airfare at the Mumbai-London course could be priced within the vary of Rs 37,000-Rs50,000. With no Jet flights to be had, fares have shot in the course of the roof,’’ stated Anoop Kanuga, chairman, travel council, Travel Agents Association of India.

Similarly, the cheapest Mumbai-Amsterdam airfare for Monday was Rs 44,000, however it was on a 28-hour lengthy Kenya Airways flight by way of Nairobi. The shortest Mumbai-Amsterdam flight to be had was 13 hours lengthy on Qatar Airways and price Rs 1.38 lakh. Similarly, the cheapest Delhi-Amsterdam price tag to be had was for Rs 50,000 but for a 27-hour adventure on Turkish Airways. Air India gives a 14-hour lengthy connection, however it prices Rs 87,000.

If this is the situation of the ones planning a travel now, passengers who have booked Jet Airways summer season holiday tickets have been left to bear heavy losses. For example, Thane resident Jayanti Iyer Kini had booked 3 Mumbai-Amsterdam Jet tickets in November ultimate year for travel on May 7. “I’ve paid for the seven-day hotel booking in complete and if I cancel, I can lose 50 %. The travel agent has no concept on whether or not I can get a refund. If I cancel the price tag, I forgo the amount. Either way, I lose Rs 1.five lakh.’’

20,000 households’ fate hinges on Jet wing & prayer

Senior commanders earn a gross wage of over Rs 10 lakh a month, aside from flying allowances. The ultimate wage that the pilots, engineers and senior control executives received was for December.

Kartik Shivshankar, a Mumbai-based musician who is to get married in Kolkata on May 17-18, stated: “About 15 guests are booked on Jet Airways, many are Jet common flyers. We’re seeking to rebook on different airways.’’ Another passenger, Shailesh Goyal of Mumbai, booked his family of five on a May 25 Kolkata-Mumbai Jet flight in January. Goyal has sent 15 emails and letters to Jet and visited its airport administrative center, but he has received no straight answers. “I’m apprehensive about our return adventure,” he stated.

The Indian civil aviation regulator, DGCA, can track best home flights. J S Rawat, joint director common, DGCA, stated they met with airline representatives at the factor. “They have removed a few higher buckets from sale and are offering tickets to passengers in lower fare buckets. DGCA will proceed to watch home fares every day and have interaction with airways for suitable motion,’’ stated Rawat.

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