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India-UK flight price up to 4 lac

India-UK flight price up to 4 lac

Due to the last three months of travel ban and peak student season, the pent-up demand has increased between India and the UK in airfares.

As airfares for destinations between India and the United Kingdom have skyrocketed amid peak student season, a government official said he had warned the civil aviation ministry regarding the problem. Before this week, Britain moved India from its "red" to "amber list," which means fully vaccinated travelers from India will no longer need to go for mandatory 10-day quarantine in a hotel.

"The Bahrain,UAE, Qatar, India and Bahrain will be moved from the red list to the amber list. All changes come into effect Sun August 8 from 4 am,"

While the UK's decision has come as a relief for the Indian diaspora, who had been demanding the easing of travel norms, the pent-up demand due to over three months of travel ban and peak student season has led to a steep rise in airfares.

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According to Google Travel, the fare of British Airways for one-way travel from Delhi to London on August 26 is ₹3.95 lakh. The cost of ticket between the two cities on other airlines, including Air India and Air Vistara range from ₹1.2 lakh to ₹2.3 lakh. Sharing screenshots of minimum airfares between Delhi to London for the economy class, Sanjeev Gupta, secretary at the ministry of home affairs, raised concern about the high prices during college admission time.

tweeted Gupta.

"Fare of ₹3.95 lakh one way Delhi to London on August 26. No, it's not 1st class. It's economy on @British_Airways @airindiain @airvistara etc. also 1.2 to 2.3 lakh. College admission time! See minimum fare on @GoogleTravel in August. Have alerted Secretary @MoCA_GoI @JM_Scindia," 

Responding to Gupta's tweet, Air India said that the airline is trying to identify the "source of these fares." India's flagship carrier further stated that the current fares available on their official website for Delhi to London is approximately ₹1.15 lakh.

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