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Omicron scare: Uncertainty hits yr-end travel plans

“Pent-up travel demand continues to be strong despite high occupancy and rates/air fares, and our domestic demand is even higher than pre-pandemic levels,” shares Madhavan Menon, managing director of Thomas Cook India group.

Just when we thought we are seeing the end of the pandemic, news of the Omicron variant has put the world back on alert. What might be affected most are year-end travel plans. As per reports, airports globally are seeing less travellers each passing day. In India, too, resumption of international flights slated from December 15 has now been pushed to January 31.

Travel companies were expecting a golden year-end and a good start to 2022. However, on November 28 and 29, MakeMyTrip reported a 10-15% dip in normal bookings and shared that people were relooking their plans. On December 2, the first two cases of Omicron were reported in India. Thomas Cook observed a few cancellations but they believe it is not a trend but a reality in the new normal Covid…

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