Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, with a seating capacity of over 1.3 lakh spectators, is gearing up for the highly anticipated ICC World Cup final between India and Australia this Sunday. The excitement surrounding the event is reaching unprecedented levels, attracting attention from all corners. The surge in demand has led to various industries experiencing a positive impact.
Over 100 charter flights have been booked to transport the affluent and influential individuals to Ahmedabad. This surge in demand has caused airfares to skyrocket, increasing by six to eight times. Hotel tariffs have also seen a significant increase, reaching up to 29 times the usual rates. Car rental companies are thriving, and applications for liquor permits in the dry state of Gujarat have hit an all-time high.
The increase in demand has affected flight prices, with the cheapest one-way fare from Hyderabad to Ahmedabad on Sunday costing Rs 40,000. Similarly, the lowest fare from Bengaluru for match day was Rs 29,000, and from Delhi to Hyderabad, it was priced at Rs 22,500. Charter flight service providers are also inundated with inquiries and requests. One service provider said that his phone hasn’t stopped ringing, with at least 10 clients on the waiting list. Some individuals are even requesting him to check if there are any available seats on chartered flights booked by others.
Chartering a six-seater Beechcraft costs between Rs 8-12 lakh per day, but many operators have raised their prices due to the high demand. The ongoing assembly elections have further intensified the situation.
In the hospitality sector, the prices of five-star rooms have seen a significant surge. Rooms that would typically cost between Rs 6,500-12,500, excluding taxes, are now being offered at prices ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh for the weekend. Budget hotels have also witnessed a spike in tariffs, with basic rooms being priced at over 10 times the average daily rate during peak season.
The surge in demand for flights and hotel accommodations began even before India qualified for the final. Since then, there has been an additional surge of six to eight times in both airfares and hotel tariffs. This level of increase is unprecedented, according to Bharatt Malik of Yatra Online.
The Ahmedabad airport is preparing to handle the influx of passengers over the weekend. Requests from airlines to operate additional flights on Sunday from various cities have been accepted, with the exception of a scheduled airspace closure for a special IAF air show. To accommodate the charter aircraft, the airport has allocated 16 parking bays specifically for them. Charter operators will drop off their clients and then fly to nearby airports such as Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, and Vadodara for parking. In the event of excess demand for night parking, a standard operating procedure for non-standard parking has been prepared. Charter aircraft will be parked on vacant aprons, unused taxiways, and parking bays designated for jets.
Cricket enthusiasts from across the country are making their way to Ahmedabad for what they hope will be a once-in-a-lifetime cricketing experience. Some lucky individuals have managed to secure their flights, while others are embarking on a road trip spanning nearly 1000km to reach Ahmedabad.
The excitement surrounding the ICC World Cup final has created a surge in demand across various industries, with airlines, hotels, and car rental companies experiencing significant growth. The Ahmedabad airport is making necessary arrangements to handle the rush, ensuring smooth operations during this highly anticipated event.