India’s Heatwave Has Record Numbers of Travelers Flying Outbound — India Report

June 4, 2024

Indian travelers have been booking outbound flights from major Indian airports in record numbers in a bid to escape the extreme heatwave, according to travel company Trevolution Group’s data. The company witnessed a 64% annual increase in the sale of outbound flights last month.  Heatwave Conditions and International Travel: Most parts of north India are facing a heatwave with temperatures rising up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in some places. The situation is expected to continue until the monsoon begins in the region.  North Indians have been traveling to nearby destinations, such as Manali, Kasol, and Shimla, which typically have a cooler temperature during summer months. However, these areas also experienced heatwave conditions in the last week of May, with an average increase of 2-3 degree celsius in their temperatures. This has led to Indians choosing to travel internationally to escape the heat.

Where Are Travelers Going? As per Trevolution Group’s latest ticket sales data from India, travelers prefer to travel to Italy, Greece and Portugal, as well as the United Kingdom, which saw up to a 59% increase in outbound airfare sales compared to the same period last year. “As May is still considered a shoulder month across most of Europe, these destinations are considered among the safest choices for air passengers looking to find more moderate weather conditions,” the company said in a statement.

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