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Demand for Airline Fuel Surges in India With Tourism Rebound

  • Domestic flights this month at 75% of pre-virus levels: Agent
  • Jet fuel sales see biggest month-on-month gain in over a year
Travelers at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, on Aug. 24.
Travelers at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, on Aug. 24.Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg
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People across India are taking to the skies after months stuck in their homes during a deadly Covid-19 wave, driving a spike in demand for jet fuel, the oil product hit hardest by the ongoing pandemic.

Indians have flocked to tourist spots across the country from the beaches of Goa on the west coast to the mountainous north on planes and in cars after the easing of restrictions. Air travel has climbed sharply, said Subhash Goyal, the chairman of STIC Travel -- one of India’s biggest travel agents -- estimating that domestic flights this month are around 75% of pre-virus levels.