Hotel booking in the country reached 90 percent of pre-Kovid, there was a significant increase in domestic and international air travelers
Online travel service provider company ‘Yatra’ (Yatra) on Monday said that it has achieved 90 percent hotel booking level of pre-Kovid. With the easing of pandemic restrictions and the resumption of scheduled international flights after two years, the travel situation has returned to normalcy and the trend is expected to continue. On the other hand, ICRA has projected good growth in domestic air passenger traffic in April 2022. Apart from this, there has also been an encouraging increase in the number of international passengers.
‘Yatra’ said in a statement that with the relaxation of restrictions and the beginning of the travel season in the summer, people’s confidence in travel has strengthened. The company said that two summer seasons have gone into lockdown, so the summer of 2022 will be the first season when people will be able to travel without any restrictions or apprehensions.
The company said that with the resumption of international flights from March 27 and increased passenger confidence, there has been a big jump in bookings for international flights along with domestic air flights. Yatra said that as people are trying out different options for accommodation, this summer 80 per cent bookings were for hotels and 20 per cent for other alternative destinations like villas, cottages and homestays.
The company said, “We have reached the pre-Covid level of 90 percent in terms of hotel bookings and this trend is still going on.”
Sabina Chopra, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Yatra Online said that the summer season comes after two years when the traveler outlook is positive. This is a matter of relief for the travel and hospitality sector.
The company said that Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Northeast and Kashmir remain the favorite destinations for travelers. At the same time, people abroad are preferring to go to Paris, Switzerland, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Dubai and Mauritius.
On the other hand, there is also news of a boom in air travel. In April 2022, domestic air passenger traffic is estimated to be one crore five lakh (10.5 million) passengers with a year-on-year growth of 83 percent. Passengers are increasing due to less cases of Kovid-19 infection. Information and Credit Rating Agency (ICRA) said this on Monday. About 10 million (11 million) passengers traveled on Indian domestic flights in April 2019.
According to domestic airline operators, rising aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices due to the Russo-Ukraine war are developing into a major threat to the airlines’ recovery process. ICRA Vice President and Sector Head Supriyo Banerjee said that the average daily departure of international passengers in April 2022 was around 2,726. In the same month a year ago, this figure was of an average daily departure of about 2,000. This is higher than the March 2022 figure of around 2,588.
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