Fares To Goa Soar As Carnival 2021 Weekend Approaches; Demand Rises

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February is a month of culture in Goa and in the run-up to the Carnival weekend, airfares to the popular beach holiday destination have shot up by up to four times, as have flight tickets out of Goa on Monday, February 15, 2021.

In February, one gets to see the parade which speaks of colour and more colour with float parades popping up across various parts of the city, portraying Goan culture beautifully before the gathered locals and tourists. This year, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the parade led by King Momo will be held only in Panjim and Margao.

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The Times of India reported that while an air ticket from Pune to Goa usually costs less than Rs 3,000, it’s now priced at over Rs. 10,500 ahead of Carnival. On Monday, the flight to return to Pune will cost a cool Rs. 11,500.

This isn’t an outlier. A one-way ticket from Hyderabad to Goa for Friday and Saturday costs Rs. 8,200, as is the return fare after the weekend. Airfares for this route usually hover around the Rs. 3,000-mark.

It’s the same with Bengaluru. A one-way ticket that usually costs Rs. 3,000 or lower is selling for Rs. 8,000. Airfares from all metros, in fact, have at least doubled, The Times Of India report noted.

The popular Mumbai-Goa route, which usually costs Rs. 3,000, is now selling for Rs. 6,700.
This trend appears to confirm the normalising of domestic tourism even though the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over.

Interestingly, luxury bus fares haven’t quite shot as one would expect them to. A bus ticket from Mumbai, Pune or Bengaluru costs around Rs. 1,800-1,900; while this is costlier than the usual Rs 1,000-odd ticket price, it’s a far cry from past busy weekends, when a bus trip could set a passenger back by Rs. 3,000, one-way.

IndiGo too has joined the activity by spreading festive cheer as part of its ‘India by IndiGo’ campaign. The airline has revved up for the Goa Carnival starting February 7 to February 16, 2021.

William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We have been celebrating India’s cultural diversity and vivaciousness over the last few months through the ‘India by IndiGo’ campaign. We kickstarted this campaign to bring about the much-needed cheer for our customers travelling during the festive season and beyond, with celebratory dances, music, food, motifs, and traditional costumes that signify the festival mood in full swing.”

Mr. Boulter added that From Durga Puja through Diwali, Christmas and now Goa Carnival, IndiGo wholeheartedly welcomed its customers to celebrate with us as they travel onboard our lean, clean, flying machine.

The celebrations during the Goa Carnival will include local Goan dance at the airport, with staff dressed in traditional clothing and boarding announcements will be made in Konkani and English.

Temporary hand paint activity for passengers, distribution of masks for kids and a photo booth for pictures in traditional clothes and masks have been organised at the airports. Additionally, special Goan food menu has been introduced as part of 6E tiffin including Veg and non-veg Xacuti which will be available exclusively on flights between Goa and Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad for travel dates between February 12 to February 17, available via pre-booking on IndiGo website.

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