• Rich Indians flee in their private jets amidst covid scare, while airfares sore


    New Delhi: The demand for private jets have boomed up in the recent times with Indians who could afford private jets, have managed to escape before flights to the United Arab Emirates shut down.

    All flights from the UAE to India -- one of the world's busiest air corridors -- will be suspended from Sunday as coronavirus cases in the South Asian nation reach record levels and overwhelm hospitals.

    Also read: Possibility of lockdown if situation worsens in Assam: CM Sonowal

    Price comparison websites showed one-way commercial flights from Mumbai to Dubai on Friday and Saturday costing as much as 80,000 rupees ($1,000), around 10 times the usual rate.

    Tickets for the New Delhi to Dubai route were going for more than 50,000 rupees, five times the normal level.

    Also read: Covid Alert: New Covid mutant strain undetectable by RT-PCR test

    No tickets were on offer from Sunday when the 10-day flight suspension comes into force.

    For private jets, the amount of interest was "absolutely crazy", a spokesman for charter company Air Charter Service India told AFP.

    Weather Forecast