From March 27, 2022, India will allow regular foreign flights to restart, two years after they were suspended. While pricey “air bubble” arrangements with 37 key destination nations provided worldwide connectivity during this time, regular flight resumption was anticipated for two reasons: more connectivity/choice, which would lead to lower tickets, and regular flight resumption. However, the Ukraine crisis will cast a pall on these hopes.
Regular airline rates will undoubtedly be lower than outrageous bubble charges, but they will not be near to pre-pandemic levels, according to top travel industry officials, as crude is now close to the $140-mark and the rupee has fallen below the 77-mark against the US dollar. Global jet fuel prices are at a 14-year high.