BENGALURU: Online bus travel aggregator AbhiBus on Thursday said it has witnessed a surge in demand for its services since June. It has also found that Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune are among the top destinations among passengers.
“We’ve witnessed a 60% surge in demand with more than 4.5 lakh bus bookings across the country since June,” AbhiBus said in a release. “Rising vaccination rates and lifting of lockdown restrictions across states have fuelled leisure travel along with previously on-going essential travel.”
It said 55% of travellers since June were completely vaccinated while 32% received the first dose. The remaining 13% had negative RT-PCR reports to ensure safety of all travellers.
Rohit Sharma, COO, AbhiBus, said, “We hope that with higher vaccination rates, people feel safer to travel and revisit their travel plans which have been on hold for the past year.”
AbhiBus revealed cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Chennai were the most preferred travel destinations since June. “Currently, business and professional travel still forms the bulk of this uptick in demand with a slight increase in non-professional and leisure travel,” it said.
Meanwhile, redBus, another bus aggregator, announced the roll-out of vaccinated-crew bus services across 600 major routes in the country. This includes the Bengaluru-Coimbatore route. All crew will have had at least the first dose of the vaccine, and passengers will be allowed only if they had taken at least one dose.
“This new arrangement guarantees that passengers on an intercity bus get to travel with vaccinated co-passengers and crew. Booking a ticket on this service requires travellers to have received at least the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine and they must submit proof of the same at the time of boarding,” said a release from redBus. “Vaccinated buses are being introduced in collaboration with private bus operators that have a customer rating of more than four stars out of five on the platform,” it said.
Prakash Sangam, CEO, redBus, said, “According to a recent survey which we conducted, 89% passengers said that they prefer to travel in a bus which had all the bus staff and co-passengers vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.”

Source link Times of India


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