India may have to add as many as 120 planes each year to prepare for travel rebounds.

According to South Asia’s second largest online travel agency, Indians are now spending more on five-star hotels and booking business class seats.

“People are living their lives and crazy about traveling,” EaseMyTrip co-founder Prashant Pitti said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday. “It’s a change that’s happening forever, in the long run.”

More and more Indians are facilitating the curb of air travel, the country is opening international travel, and the needs of millions of people in demand for driving travel are stuck in the country. India, the world’s fastest growing major aviation market before the pandemic, expects local traffic to exceed pre-pandemic levels of 415,000 leaflets per day within a year. .. Indian airlines are also adding the ability to capture the resurgence of demand as international flights resume on Sunday.

India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jotiraditia Cindia said last week that as many as 120 planes could have to be added each year to prepare for a travel rebound, a fleet of wide-body aircraft needed for international operations. Encouraged local airlines to expand.

According to Pitti, bookings for flights and business class seats in five-star hotels have already doubled as a percentage of total bookings compared to pre-pandemic numbers. He said Indians are now planning an average of 4.7 days off compared to Covid’s 3.2 days ago. Operated by Easy Trip Planners Ltd., EaseMyTrip offers online booking of flights, trains, hotels, buses and taxis.

EaseMyTrip, which went public last year, will continue to grow profitably, Pitti said. The company’s net income could exceed Rs 9 billion ($ 118 million) in the year to March 31, a sharp increase from Rs 6.1 billion ($ 80 million) in the previous year, he said. ..

Airfare has skyrocketed “quite dramatically” in the past few weeks as airlines tried to offset the rise in oil prices, but the rise is short-lived, Pitti said.

“India is looking good to recover very quickly from the onslaught we all have experienced in the last two years,” he said. “Disgusted demand will not be reduced in the next few years.”