With London hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019, tourist interest in London has only intensified. VFS Global, the visa services agency has received about 1.32 lakh visa applications for the UK and as per British High Commission, about 80,000 Indians would travel to the UK to watch the tournament at the end of May.
It is interesting to note that even the dismissal of Jet Airways and the resultant 15 – 20 % increase in airfares to the UK has failed to dampen the spirit of Indian fans.
Flag carriers like Air India and British Airways operate direct flights from Indian metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. While British Airways operates 49 weekly flights from the above metro cities, Air India operates a daily flight to London from Delhi and Mumbai. Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways also operate one stop flights to London.
Encashing on the World Cup fever, tour companies are offering customised packages to travellers who want to visit places like York and Edinburgh during the tournament.
Source: Financial Express