Indian Airlines Raise Prices After National Team Makes Cricket World Cup Semifinals
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For the fans who want to travel to see India square off against Australia in the semifinals of the 2015 ICC World Cup in Sydney on Thursday, there should be expectations that flights will be more expensive than usual.
According to HindustanTimes.com, the prices for flights from India to Sydney and Melbourne have skyrocketed in the last week after India beat Bangladesh in the quarterfinals.
Yatra.com President Sharat Dhall told HindustanTimes.com about the effect the national team has on the travel industry already, and how it could increase, “There is definitely a 15-20 [percent] surge in economy class fares for Australia after India entered the semi-finals. These fares may rise further if India reaches final as well.”
Dhall went on to claim that economy class fares to Australia were up from Rs 50,000 last week to over Rs 60,000 (about $850-$960) this weekend. While Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) president Iqbal Mulla told HindustanTimes.com that most of the seats had been sold, there is another expected bump in price if India continues winning and makes it to the finals.
An appearance in the 2015 ICC World Cup final would give India the chance to repeat as champions, and it would give airlines another opportunity to benefit on the surge of travelers hitting the road to support their team.
As far as possible airlines to consider for fans looking to make the journey, Air India is the only domestic carrier making direct flights to Australia. Cricket fans could also use Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Qatar, and Emirates, but the planes make stops at hubs along the way.
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