Monkeypox: Indians are turning into the world’s horses despite soaring prices and the threat of monkeypox

Despite the high prices of airline tickets, the new threat monkeypoxVisa issues for some European countries are still all bets on the Indian traveler, online travel platforms and airlines are still seeing a rise in overseas bookings.

Executives and industry watchers said Indian airlines are seeing higher passenger occupancy levels on their international flights than they did before Covid. indigo, IndiaThe largest airline by market share, it is filling more seats on its flights to the Middle East than it was more than two years ago, when Covid-19 had yet to affect global air travel. “The flights to the UAE and Saudi Arabia are doing very well,” said a person familiar with the matter.

Vistara records passenger load factors of up to 80% on some of its flights.

Deveekaa Nijhawan, spokesperson for Qatar TourismWith less than four months to go until the World Cup soccer finals hosted by the Arab country, India’s response has been “amazing,” he said.

“We anticipate that over one million tourists will participate in the FIFA World Cup, and we expect India to be one of the most important contributors. We look forward to accelerating our efforts to maintain the momentum and unleash the full potential of Indian travelers,” she said. added.

Qatar has seen a steady increase in visitor arrivals from India with double-digit growth from 2019-2021, with India ranked as the top source market.

A person familiar with the matter said that the demand for travel to Singapore is also high as the Southeast Asian country has relaxed entry rules. Of the 1.5 million visitors Singapore received in the first half of this year, Indians represented the second largest group with more than 219,000 visitors to the city-state.

JP Srithar, Regional Director for India, Middle East, South Asia and Africa at Singapore Tourism BoardHe said the July numbers were healthy and that the island was still receiving “good” numbers of visitors from India. He added, “Changi Airport is already seeing the restoration of about 70% of Air India’s pre-Covid capacity, covering more than 180 weekly flights.”

Spokesman Singapore Airlines In India, the carrier said it is restoring its network in India to pre-pandemic levels in the coming months. “SIA operates 73 flights per week from eight cities across India. This will increase to 80 flights per week by August 2, 2022, and 91 flights per week as of September 1, 2022,” she added, adding that there was strong growth in both leisure. and corporate sectors. EaseMyTrip CEO, Nishant Betty, said European countries such as France, Spain and Denmark have worked to ease visa issues and are speeding up the whole process.

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