“Over 75 per cent of bookings are for travel within two weeks of the booking date. Over 95 per cent are one-way tickets," said Balu Ramachandran, senior vice-president, Cleartrip.
He said only 10 per cent of bookings on the portal in the past few days were for metro to metro travel, while 90 per cent were from metro to non-metro and on non-metro to non-metro flights.
“We are seeing reasonable demand on some routes. We are happy to add more flights to fly people home and unite them with their loved ones. For some time, we see people undertaking only essential travel. Leisure and business travel
may take a while to return,” said Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer, Vistara.
Industry-wide average flight loads in the first four days of service resumption have been around 50-55 per cent. However, load factors have not been uniform.
For instance, 4,255 passengers left Mumbai and 1,328 arrived in the city in 50 flights on Thursday.
According to MakeMyTrip, travel between metro and non-metro routes has taken a lead over metro to metro routes.
A bulk of the bookings is being made for travel in the 0-10 day advance purchase bucket. A majority is for one-way travel only, it said.
“While Mumbai-Varanasi, Delhi-Patna, and Mumbai-Delhi were the top-selling sectors when bookings opened on May 21, over the past few days, we have seen pick-up in Mumbai-Imphal, Bengaluru-Guwahati, Delhi-Srinagar, and Delhi-Imphal routes,” said MakeMyTrip.