Ticket prices have surged by up to 415 percent for the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan clash. As the highly anticipated clash between cricket powerhouses India and Pakistan at the 2023 World Cup in Ahmedabad approaches, fans are realizing that their expenses are about to increase significantly.
Finding hotel accommodations is proving to be as challenging as dealing with a tricky leg-spinner. With only 25 days left until this momentous showdown, flight ticket prices to Ahmedabad have skyrocketed, reaching an astonishing 415 percent higher than the typical fares.
For those who haven’t booked their flights yet, the reality is becoming increasingly challenging. Booking a flight to Ahmedabad at this late stage for the World Cup matches means having to pay significantly more, ranging from 104 percent to a staggering 415 percent over the initial fares, which were between 5,000 and 12,000 rupees.
However, those who were proactive enough to secure their tickets 25 to 30 days in advance from cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Pune, and beyond, had the opportunity to book round-trip flights at reasonable prices, ranging from 5,500 to 12,000 rupees per person.
“Planning a visit to Ahmedabad during the match days will definitely hit your wallet hard. We’ve heard of a few hotels here charging as much as Rs 80,000 per room per night due to the surging demand. With limited flights available, it’s no surprise that airfares are on the rise,” A local travel operator remarked, as reported by News 18.
Notably, this spike in flight prices seems to be specific to the India-Pakistan match, while other games, such as the opening match, qualifiers, and the final, are experiencing relatively stable fares. Travel agencies are now urgently requesting airlines to consider adding more flights to meet the growing demand.
“People from around the world, including fans, supporters, sponsors, and journalists, are gearing up for what promises to be an electrifying game.”
“Airlines should seriously think about putting more flights into action from October 13-16 to meet this soaring demand, ensuring passengers travelling to and from Ahmedabad benefit,” stressed Anuj Pathak, President of the Travel Agents and Tour Operators Association of Gujarat (TAG).
Hotels are capitalizing on the nearby opportunity to make substantial profits
Travelers naturally seek interesting places to visit when exploring a new city. When it comes to a massive event like India vs. Pakistan, the hotel industry in Ahmedabad is capitalizing on the opportunity. As the city prepares for an influx of cricket fans, hotels are getting ready to warmly receive them.
“Sponsors, cricket fans, and VIPs have already secured their stay with us, and the enthusiasm is reaching a fever pitch.”
“The four matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup being held in the city are expected to bring a substantial boost to the hospitality sector in Ahmedabad, making for a promising start to the third quarter,” shared Keenan McKenzie, General Manager of ITC Narmada