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‘Impromptu international jaunts on the rise’

In a recent statement by Rikant Pittie, co-founder of EaseMyTrip, it has been reported that there has been a significant surge of around 25-30% in last-minute bookings for short-haul international destinations since January 2024. This trend is particularly noticeable for destinations that do not require extensive planning. The data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation shows a remarkable increase in total passenger traffic to and from nearby overseas destinations such as Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, and Thailand.

The increase in air traffic between India and Indonesia has also been highlighted, with a 123% surge in passenger numbers in the October-December quarter following the commencement of direct flights. Visa-related restrictions easing has led to a shorter booking window of around 15-20 days on average for short-haul air travel, as compared to the previous 30-60 days.

Countries such as Thailand, Mauritius, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, and Georgia are attracting Indian travelers with hassle-free visa processes and quick approvals. Malaysia has even offered visa-free entry to Indian travelers until December. This has led to a growing trend of booking flights closer to departure dates, particularly for short-haul destinations like Vietnam.

The upcoming summer season is expected to see a 30-50% increase in consumer demand for easy-visa, short-haul destinations, with a surge in bookings for visa-free countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Stable airfares for destinations like Malaysia, Mauritius, and Indonesia have further fueled this demand. With airfares remaining stable or marginally higher compared to last year, the trend of impromptu international travel appears to be on the rise.

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