MUMBAI: The worst-hit among passengers scrambling to fly out of India are those bound for the US. Being a long-haul destination, with few daily flights, airfares to the US are the steepest now.
For travel on Saturday night, the cheapest one-way fare for a Delhi-NYC flight began at Rs 7.2 lakh on online travel portals. It was on a 27-hour Air India-United Airlines code share flight via Tokyo; Mumbai-NYC one-way was cheaper at Rs 1.5 lakh. For travel from Mumbai and Delhi for the next six days, average one-way fares started at over Rs 1.2 lakh, for flights between 20-40 hours the cheapest ones with impractical flying time and transit stops.
A look at tickets available for sale on flights out of Mumbai and Delhi to New York and San Francisco show that there are few seats left on direct flights. Among options available are code-share flights that transit via Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Doha.