Airfares drop on Bangkok sector on Coronavirus fear

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With the fear of Coronavirus forcing Indian travelers to cancel or reschedule their travel plans especially to Southeast Asian cities. Due to heavy cancellation airfares drop on the second preferred outbound sector Bangkok, Thailand.

Now, a round trip flight ticket could cost as low as ₹9,325 for making the journey even within a week.

The cheapest to and from flight ticket on the Delhi-Bangkok route is being offered by NokScoot for flying to Bangkok on February 26 and return on March 1.

As per online travel aggregator MakeMyTrip, a return fare on the route by Air India for a similar journey dates is on the market for ₹12,419 (inclusive of fees and surcharges).

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Airline industry sources said that bookings for flights to Vietnam have also fallen with drop being as sharp as 40 percent.

The biggest domestic private carrier IndiGo which first launched flights to Hanoi and so to Ho Chi Minh City in October last year has reduced frequency to the South East Asian country.

A one-way fare on Kolkata-Ho Chi Minh City by Thai Air Asia is currently available for ₹7,773.

Ankur Bhatia, executive director at diversified Bird Group, said that booking level has dropped by 20-30 percent for many Southeast Asian destinations. He said that demand on Delhi-Kathmandu has also seen the impact.

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Travel industry experts said that business-related travel on South East Asian routes has been impacted badly but leisure travel has been worse affected.

As the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared Coronavirus outbreak global emergency, the whole international travel has been impacted. the most recent count show over 1,800 deaths in China with total infections crossover 70,000. aside from China, as many as 25 countries have reported positive Coronavirus cases.

The epidemic has already taken a significant toll on the travel sector and airlines have seen their international traffic being hit. in order to keep demand steady for its flights, Air India has announced the four-day flash sale.

Both Air India and IndiGo have stopped flights to China and Hong Kong in the wake of Coronavirus spread.

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