Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Airfares in India among ‘lowest’ globally: Jayant Sinha

New Delhi: India has one of the lowest and “most competitive” airfares in the world despite high cost of planes and fuel, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday. “These are the two most important costs for an airline. Our taxes are also quite high,” said the Minister of State for Civil Aviation.
“But when you look at pricing in India, as far as Indian airlines are concerned, I can assure you that we are among the lowest and most competitive air fares in the world,” he added.
In efforts to make air travel more affordable as well as connect unserved and under-served airports, the government has come out with the regional connectivity scheme.
Under the scheme — UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) –fares are capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights.
“Our effort is to provide air services at an affordable cost and the regional connectivity scheme UDAN is aimed at that only,” Sinha said.
At an event organised by All India Management Association (AIMA), Sinha said the country’s economy is delivering high quality products and services at very affordable prices for the consumers.
22/03/17 PTI/Indian Express