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Domestic flight searches softly approaching pre-pandemic levels, down by 10% for Ganesh Chaturthi travel period compared to 2019, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

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With the Ganesh Chaturthi travel period approaching, leading travel search engine KAYAK has released travel trends data featuring top destinations and consumer patterns. According to KAYAK’s data, domestic flight searches is softly approaching towards pre-pandemic levels. But it is still down 10 per cent for the Ganesh Chaturthi travel period in comparison to the same period in 2019.

KAYAK flight search insights:
Top trending destination for domestic flights: Tirupati tops the trending list by a substantial margin, as the searches for that destination have increased by over 477 per cent from the same period in 2019. This is followed by Varanasi (411 per cent increase), Leh (72 per cent increase), Port Blair (31 per cent increase) and Madurai (21 per cent increase)

Most affordable destination for domestic travel: Mumbai leads the pack as the most affordable destination for domestic travel at about INR 7223 along with Ahmedabad about INR 7707 and Pune about INR 8110.

Most expensive destination for domestic flights: Shirdi at about INR 15551 is the most expensive destination, along with Varanasi about INR 15029 and Port Blair about INR 14939 leads the most expensive destination for domestic flights.

The most searched domestic destinations for travel over the Ganesh Chaturthi travel period are New Delhi, Goa, Tirupati, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The busiest day at India’s airports over the upcoming holiday period could be Wednesday, August 31. Searches for travel on this date are about 53 per cent higher than domestic searches for flights on any other day of the Ganesh Chaturthi travel period.

Commenting on the data, Abhijit Mishra, Commercial Director, KAYAK, stated, “With the headwinds of Covid-19 still affecting travel in India, searches for domestic flights in the Ganesh Chaturthi period have yet to reach pre-pandemic levels. We have also witnessed a significant increase in airfare prices, with an approximate 39 per cent increase for the average cost of a return economy flight, which roughly amounts to INR 10,093. There are still great deals to be had though, try using flexible search options to identify the most affordable dates, and set price alerts for your preferred destinations.”

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