Charter season in Goa witnesses setback with reduction of flights from Kazakhstan

 Thursday, February 17, 2022 


The charter season, already insignificantsince they’re coming from just two countries, hit another spell of confusion after flights from Kazakhstan came down from three flights a week to just one last month, due to internal disturbances in the central Asian country.

The Indian government allowed charters in December, but although they started, they were no match for the numbers witnessed in the previous years.

“Due to turmoil in Kazakhstan, charters were stopped from January 5, and though operations resumed 15 days later, we now receive a single flight a week instead of three earlier,” said Anupam Kumar, the director of Caper India, which handles Kazakhstan tourists.

A single charter a week bringing in about 150 travelers will continue till mid-April. Goa has also been receiving a single charter once in ten days from Russia, and these operations are expected to continue till mid-May.

During the pre-Covid period, for every season for more than a decade, Goa received the highest number of charters from various Russian locations.

With the charter season reaching its end, no charters from new destinations can be expected this season. “We can only expect the next season to be better,” said Nilesh Shah, president, travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG).

However, Shah expected hope that Goa mightwitness some free independent travelers (FIT) in the following months, with the government of India easing restrictions for international travelers.

International travelers coming from at-risk countries are no longer required to quarantine or get tested on arrival.

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