Sunday, June 11, 2017

Travel firms dart aviation minister's low fare claim

Pune: Tour and travel companies in Pune have conflicting views on the recent announcement by civil aviation minister about an average 18% drop in airfares last year.
Most of them are of the view that the statement of the minister was not based on proper facts. Fliers opine that airfares have never really hit very low as claimed by the ministry.
Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, while not favouring the idea of capping ticket prices, had said that the average airfares had come down and the trend will continue. He said that scheduled airlines carried more than 10 lakh domestic passengers in the last fiscal, which was an increase of 19% compared to the previous fiscal.
Indiver Rastogi, president & country head, corporate travel, Thomas Cook (India) Limited, said, "Contrary to reports, we have observed a significant rise in air fares as compared to the previous year, with domestic fares having increased by 40% and international pricing showing a surge of almost 60%. This increase is much more during weekends. Our corporates too are feeling the pinch. While last-minute travellers are impacted by surge pricing, those who book tickets early too have to fork out high fares. However, despite the significant increase in ticket prices, we continue to see strong uptake."
11/06/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India