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Planning trip to London next week? Cough up Rs 1.8 lakh, thrice normal airfare

MUMBAI: Airfares to foreign cities that Jet operated to have touched a record top. On Tuesday, the cheapest one-way financial system class ticket to be had for trip from Mumbai to London, on April 22, was Rs 1.eight lakh. It’s for a 19-hour Air China flight by means of Beijing. The least expensive Delhi-London fare was Rs 93,000 for a 16-hour Alitalia flight by means of Rome and Milan. There are infrequently any continuous flights to be had to common destinations like London and Amsterdam this week and on most days subsequent week.

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

Jet Airways seeks Rs 400 crore from lenders to avoid shutdown

Jet Airways on Tuesday sent a final SOS to banks for immediate liberate of no less than Rs 400 crore to avoid an entire shutdown by way of finish of day. While it's nonetheless waiting 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 dimension of 124 final November — is working just 5 planes as of Tuesday.

“During summer top season, a one-way airfare at the Mumbai-London course can be priced in the range of Rs 37,000-Rs50,000. With no Jet flights to be had, fares have shot through the roof,’’ stated Anoop Kanuga, chairman, trip 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 means of Nairobi. The shortest Mumbai-Amsterdam flight to be had was 13 hours lengthy on Qatar Airways and cost Rs 1.38 lakh. Similarly, the cheapest Delhi-Amsterdam ticket to be had was for Rs 50,000 however for a 27-hour journey on Turkish Airways. Air India gives a 14-hour lengthy connection, however it costs Rs 87,000.

If that is the situation of those making plans a travel now, passengers who've booked Jet Airways summer holiday tickets had been left to undergo heavy losses. For example, Thane resident Jayanti Iyer Kini had booked three Mumbai-Amsterdam Jet tickets in November final year for trip on May 7. “I’ve paid for the seven-day hotel booking in full and if I cancel, I can lose 50 %. The trip agent has no thought on whether I can get a reimbursement. If I cancel the ticket, I forgo the volume. Either way, I lose Rs 1.five lakh.’’

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

Senior commanders earn a gross salary of over Rs 10 lakh a month, with the exception of flying allowances. The final salary that the pilots, engineers and senior control executives won was for December.

Kartik Shivshankar, a Mumbai-based musician who's 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 looking to rebook on other airways.’’ Another passenger, Shailesh Goyal of Mumbai, booked his circle of relatives 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 place of business, however he has won no directly solutions. “I’m worried about our return journey,” he stated.

The Indian civil aviation regulator, DGCA, can observe only domestic flights. J S Rawat, joint director common, DGCA, stated they met with airline representatives at the factor. “They have got rid of a couple of higher buckets from sale and are offering tickets to passengers in lower fare buckets. DGCA will continue to observe domestic fares every day and have interaction with airways for suitable action,’’ stated Rawat.

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