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To fly or not: Travellers in a spot as Jet Airways cancels flights

COIMBATORE: People who have booked Jet Airways flights for business and leisure trips prematurely are in a good spot because the airways has cancelled all flights from town. While a few of them are taking into consideration the choice of cancelling trips as they've to shell out an additional 50% quantity to rebook on scheduled dates, others are busy exploring ways to find change flights on-line or thru shuttle agents. Either the case, they are equally involved concerning the refund of cancelled tickets.

Travel agents, in the meantime, blamed other non-public airways for looting determined travellers in times of crisis.

Hundreds of city residents had booked Jet Airways flights to Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Paris and Dubai, amongst other locations. “I had booked a Jet Airways flight to Chennai, from the place I used to be making plans to take any other flight to New Delhi. I needed to rebook each my flights through paying an additional Rs 1,500 to Chennai and Rs 2,100 to Delhi,” mentioned Malini Raj, who is making plans a go back and forth abroad next week. Like him, many are pressured to hike the holiday budget to reschedule their trips.

On Tuesday, flight tickets to Chennai was once priced anyplace between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000, in comparison to the standard Rs 1,700-Rs 4,000. Similarly, flight tickets to Hyderabad was once priced at a minimum of Rs 6,000 and tickets to Mumbai was once priced upwards Rs 10,000, in comparison to the standard Rs 2,500-Rs 7,000.

“The downside is Jet Airways is cancelling flights in the eleventh hour with none prior understand. The name centres too don't seem to be giving correct answers, forcing us to rebook in the final minute,” P Ganesh, managing director of city-based Express Holidays, mentioned. “The name centres don't even tell us when the cancellation cash will probably be refunded to our account or that of our shoppers.”

While one problem for the folks travelling in groups is to find the cheapest flight to be had, the opposite problem is to find them seats in the similar flight. “When Jet Airways rescheduled our flights from New Delhi to Chennai, certainly one of us was once allotted a separate flight, making it a logistical nightmare. Now, we now have asked them to assist us all shuttle in combination in the similar flight,” mentioned Jayashree P, who is making plans a bunch go back and forth.

Travel agents are disillusioned with other airways like Indigo and SpiceJet mountaineering price ticket costs. “Last week, a businessman needed to pay Rs 15,000 to fly to Chennai, while another person needed to shell out Rs 13,000 for a last-minute flight to Mumbai. These airways most often charge simply Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 for one-way go back and forth. They are fleecing passengers now,” V C Krishnarajh, president of Travel Agents Association of Coimbatore, mentioned. “Now that the banks have come ahead to bailout the airline, we hope that all the grounded flights can be back in the air soon and remedy the crisis.”

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