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Flight tickets, hotel accommodation prices soar for IND-PAK in Ahmedabad

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As the ICC World Cup comes closer each day, fans are getting everything ready to witness the marquee event.

Moreover, there is a huge excitement among fans to witness the India vs Pakistan game at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

Already, all the hotels are booked to full capacity for the high-octane clash and the flight tickets are expensive.

So, if a fan wants to book a ticket to Ahmedabad to watch the thrilling game, he/she will have to spend 104 to 415 percent more than the original price of Rs 5,000-12,000.

To book flights to other cities in India, a special round-trip package is available which costs around Rs 5,500-12,000.

Says one local travel operator,

Planning a visit to Ahmedabad during the match days will definitely hit your wallet hard. We’ve heard of a few hotels here charging as much as Rs 80,000 per room per night due to the surging demand. With limited flights available, it’s no surprise that airfares are on the rise.

Apart from the India-Pakistan game, the airfares for other matches such as the opening game, qualifiers, and the final are relatively lower.

Therefore, the travel operators are now requesting airlines to add more flights to Ahmedabad to ease out prices.

Says Anuj Pathak, President of the Travel Agents and Tour Operators Association of Gujarat,

People from around the world, including fans, supporters, sponsors, and journalists, are gearing up for what promises to be an electrifying game. Airlines should seriously think about putting more flights into action from October 13-16 to meet this soaring demand, ensuring passengers travelling to and from Ahmedabad benefit.

Hotels don’t want to lose out on the ICC ODI World Cup opportunity

Meanwhile, the hotel industry in Ahmedabad is booming at the moment due to multiple bookings from fans.

With such a golden opportunity at their doorstep, they are not wasting any time in milking out maximum money.

Shares Keenan McKenzie, General Manager of ITC Narmada,

Sponsors, cricket fans, and VIPs have already secured their stay with us, and the enthusiasm is reaching a fever pitch. The four matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup being held in the city are expected to bring a substantial boost to the hospitality sector in Ahmedabad, making for a promising start to the third quarter.

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