Long-haul flights gaining preference amongst Indians: Report

MUMBAI, June 24:
More number of Indian travellers are exploring far-off places thanks to improved flight connectivity and better prices over a period of time, a survey said.
According to KAYAK, a travel search engine, searches for long haul destinations like Toronto in Canada and Perth in Australia are seen the greatest rise.
Gone are the days when people preferred to stay closer home while taking a trip due to restrictions and limitations in transport  be it the amount of time it took due to the lack of direct flights, or the expenses involved, travel search engine KAYAK said in a report.
Travelling to far off destinations is no longer difficult now and long-haul flights are gaining preference amongst Indians, it added.
Toronto and Perth have seen the greatest rise, with a 95 per cent and 92 per cent year-on-year increase in flight searches, respectively. Other destinations like Boston (US), Paris (France), San Francisco (US) and Melbourne (Australia) have also seen an annual increase of at least a minimum of 21 per cent, according to the report. Searches were conducted on KAYAK platform between January 2017 and May 2018 for the travel period of January till May 2018 compared to data from search period between January 2016 to May 2017 for the travel period of January-May 2017.(PTI)