Friday, August 25, 2017

Dera crisis: Airfares to Punjab, Jammu shoot up, DGCA steps in

New Delhi: Airfares from Delhi to places like Chandigarh, Amritsar and Jammu rose dramatically on Friday, with rail and road access to several parts of north Indian like Punjab and parts of Haryana cut off due to Dera violence. Fares for the weekend are also higher than average as trains have been cancelled.
"The normal fare on Delhi-Amritsar route (one way) is about Rs 1,250. On Friday, the fare was Rs 7,300 and for Saturday and Sunday the fare is Rs 4,400. Delhi-Chandigarh normal fare is about Rs 1,500. On Friday it rose to Rs 12,800. The fare for Saturday on this route is Rs 5,200 and then later Rs 4,300. Delhi-Jammu normal fare of Rs 2,200 rose to Rs 31,183 on Friday. For next two days, fare for this sector is Rs 4,800," said Sharat Dhall, COO of travel portal Yatra.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief BS Bhullar directed airlines on Friday night to immediately curb the spurt in hikes. This is the second time in a week that DGCA had to take such a step. Last week, it had issued a directive for Northeast India which was cut off by floods and airlines had raised fares.
"Bookings were heavy this weekend as Maharashtra and some other states had a holiday on Friday due to Ganesh Chaturthi. So people had three days to travel. With rail and road suddenly cut off by the Dera violence, the remaining last few seats on flights to places like Jammu, Chandigarh an Amritsar went for highest fares," said a travel agent who did not want to be named.
25/08/17 Times of India