Kolkata: A return ticket to Bangkok cost around 18,000 rupees before the pandemic. Now, it costs between Rs 25,000 and Rs 28,000. For the United States and European countries, the current prices are between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.8 lakh, compared to Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000.
Something similar happened in the domestic segment. In many sectors, the price of tickets, purchased months in advance, is similar to the prices one paid when buying tickets a few days before travel before the pandemic. “The price of the return flight between Kolkata and Goa is Rs 17,000, even two months in advance. A friend had traveled the same route in February 2020 for Rs 8,000 when buying two months in advance,” said Abishek Guha Thakurtawho is on vacation in Goa.
Pradip Lama, secretary on Darjeeling Travel Agents Association, said most of the hotels and resorts in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim that usually offer huge discounts at this time of year do not because there was 30-40% occupancy even off season. . “Every hotel and car rental company has increased their rates. While room rates have increased by 20-25% compared to pre-pandemic years, car rates have almost doubled. It has come down a bit now, but during high season, a Bagdogra-Darjeeling trip costs Rs 7,000-Rs 8,000 instead of Rs 3,500,” he said.
President of the Federation of Travel Agents of India (East) Anil Punjabi Despite the strong demand for travel, airlines did not increase the number of flights, which further caused prices to spike. “Every stakeholder involved in the travel and tourism industry has increased fees after the months of Covid restriction. But now that the revenge trip is at its peak, breaking the off-season barrier, prices have not come down,” he said.