Global travel search engine Skyscanner has identified the most searched, yet “unserved” routes from Delhi and Mumbai, which are marked out as routes in demand yet have no direct flight serving the destination. Analysing search data from a user base of 50 million, Skyscanner provided an insight into the gap between the traveller requirement and direct air connections.
Skyscanner recorded the highest demand for travel between Mumbai and Bali, with over 1.50 lakh enquiries. With nearly 1.20 lakh searches from Delhi to Auckland, another unserved route came to the fore. This trend is in line with Skyscanner’s recent review of popular destinations for December getaways among Delhiites, where Auckland emerged on top with YoY increase of 120 per cent.
The US west coast features in the top 10 with Mumbai to San Francisco generating 98,000 searches and Los Angeles placing joint third with 98,000 searches emerging from Delhi and 85,000 from Mumbai, yet this route remains unserved. Even though many destinations in Europe are well connected with India, over 50,000 searches rose from Delhi to both Athens and Barcelona, neither cities are directly connected to Delhi.
Commenting on the findings, Reshmi Roy, growth manager, Skyscanner India, said, “There are many reasons why a particular route cannot be served – distance, availability of aircraft, demand in the market etc. Nonetheless, the volume of queries from India prove that new routes can be considered. Our data analysis revealed the west coast of the US is the most neglected region for direct flights. The rarity of these direct flights often results in passengers paying a premium for their journeys. Skyscanner always advises travellers to compare the various combinations available to get the best price and time combination.”