Thursday, February 02, 2017

Centre wakes up to airfare hike, asks Air India to run maximum additional flights; Fare likely to be capped at Rs 6K

Srinagar: With airfare to and from Srinagar running beyond ordinary man’s reach, the centre has taken cognisance of the issue and ordered running of additional flights to Kashmir at economical fares.
Highly-placed sources in New Delhi told The Kashmir Monitor that officials at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday spoke to Civil Aviation authorities, directing them to run maximum additional Air India flights to Kashmir at affordable prices.
“The MHA took note of the extremely high airfare (to and from Kashmir) and how it was forcing travellers, especially tourists, change their plans. Hence, they have asked the aviation authorities to operate additional flights,” sources revealed.
They added that in the next few days at least 5-10 additional Air India flights will operate between New Delhi and Srinagar.
The fares for these additional flights, sources said, will be capped at Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 per person.
The move comes in the wake of incredibly high airfares in and out of Kashmir after the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road link to outside world, remained closed for days due to inclement weather.
The fares shot up 3,000 per cent and above in the last few weeks, with a single economy ticket from Srinagar to Delhi selling at Rs 90,000 on many travel portals against the normal rate of Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500.
02/02/17 Nisar Dharma/Kashmir Monitor