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Half of all travel in India is now domestic

Half of all travel in India is now done domestically.

A study by Booking.com revealed that travel between June and August 2020 is down over half (56 per cent) on the same period last year. Before travellers would do an average distance of 1,786km for every booking, whilst on the same period this year, it was just 780km for each trip.

As expected, domestic travel has greatly increased in the past year, with over two thirds (67 per cent) of the distance travelled by Indian holidaymakers within the country, compared to 34 per cent last year.

Nishant Pitti, chief executive and co-founder of online travel ticketing platform Easemytrip, said: "We are seeing group travel demand for charter planes for up to 90 passengers, especially for marriage events, across routes like Delhi to Udaipur and back. These are not economically cheaper options, and customers shell out at least 100% more in tickets prices when compared to 90 tickets booked in a commercial airline."

It comes after it was revealed nearly nine tenths of Indian business travellers are concerned about heading abroad due to COVID-19.

The SAP Concur Business Traveller Survey 2020 has revealed that 88 per cent of travellers are concerned about getting back out on the road again, with 57 per cent worried about getting sick themselves whilst nearly half (46 per cent) fear infecting their family.

And Indian business travellers are most stressed during their trip, with 30 per cent of those surveyed admitting that's where they experience the stress compared to last year.

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