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Delhi News: Family of 4 Airbus A320 charters from Bhopal to Delhi | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: Bhopal Airport is named after a famous king, Raja Bhoj. On Monday, when domestic flights and charter flights were allowed, a high-net-worth family letter from an Indian airline Airbus A320 was seen to fly just four people, wife, two children and a babysitter, to Delhi.

A 180-seat aircraft had been chartered by a company based in western India. Industry experts say it may have cost around Rs 10 lakh. The plane took off from Delhi at 9.05 a.m. like a ferry flight, that is, only to the crew, on Monday and arrived in Bhopal at 10.30 a.m. It took off with the four on board at 11.30 a.m. and arrived in Delhi at 12.55 p.m.

“There are several High Net Worth (HNI) people and companies that are very concerned about flying in a crowd with dozens of other passengers during a pandemic. Airlines and charter companies are receiving a lot of inquiries to rent planes these days. Since the price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), the highest individual operating cost for a flight in India, is so low right now, airlines and charter companies can offer decent rates that HNI / germaphobe corporations do not. they care about paying for themselves or their loved ones, “said an airline official.

The cost of renting an A320 is between Rs4 and Rs 5 lakh per hour (depending on the ATF price). Therefore, a Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi letter would cost around Rs 16-18 lakh.

While this Bhopal-Delhi flight may have been chartered to ensure all four fly safely, experts from the charter industry say a family of three had hired a wide-body aircraft to fly from Europe to India. May 21, the day before international commercial flights. He stopped in India. That trip is known to have cost around Rs 80 lakh, according to industry experts.

“The cost of chartering an airplane depends on whether there is a separate entity hiring for the different legs. So if a company or individual A hires a plane from Delhi to Mumbai and a company or individual B hires the return leg, each will have to bear one leg of the journey. But if someone is hiring in a way that the firm / airline must fly the empty plane in a way to pick up or drop off passengers, then the cost of both legs should be borne by one person, “an industry source said.

Demand for charter flights has increased since those quarters. Bangalore Airport says it has handled three private flights Monday through Wednesday. “Private flights at Bengaluru airport will not be included in the airport capacity limit due to the low number of passengers, and therefore have no substantial impact on terminal processing,” said an airport official. Other airports did not give their numbers.

Currently, regular domestic flights are on average getting half full. Different quarantine and testing rules in different states have led to moderate demand from people waiting for domestic flights since March 24.

Times of India

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