Hyderabad: For holidayers, here is some good news and some bad news. First the good news. It is raining discounts and there has never been a better time to travel for Hyderabadis. Now the sad news: There are hardly any seats available on flights as people started booking two months in advance.
Take for instance the 303 seater Air India Hyderabad-Chicago flight. It is full till January. A spokesperson from Air India said, “All flights in all sectors are chock-a-block. The recently launched Hyderabad-Shirdi daily flight too is going full.”
While the Air India flights are going full, private airlines are not far behind as most flights are going to full capacity. With two back-to-back long weekends in December, Hyderabadis are making the most of it and the private airlines are offering discounts.
Plan early seems to be the catchword for travellers as some booked their tickets two to three months in advance. Raghav, a medical transcriptionist, who works for an American company said, “Thanks to the Air Asia’s promotional scheme, I could book each ticket for my family under Rs 2000. Of course, I would be first going to Bengaluru by train and then proceed to Goa by air.”
Travel portals state that the number of domestic travellers is increasing by 30 to 40 per cent this year. With the surge in the number of travellers, SpiceJet has announced six new flights for Christmas and New Year period.
The most-favoured domestic destinations for Hyderabadis is Varkala and Trivandrum in Kerala, Goa and Rajasthan and Thailand has caught on the imagination of Hyderabadis. Kalyan Mohapatra, a content writer, who has planned his holiday in Bangkok said: “Just a few years ago, getting a ticket to Bangkok for Rs 15,000 was unheard of. Now almost all airlines offer this price.”
Of all the places, rush to Bangkok is more. Says a staffer at MakeMyTrip: “It is the affordability and variety of places that Thailand offers which range from reaches to local street food.”
Srividya, a lecturer said, “An all-woman team is heading to Bangkok. Last year we went to Malaysia and Singapore and each one of us spent Rs 50,000 –Rs 70,000 but for the Thailand trip we would be spending half the amount.”