Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fares for summer flights to India from Oman spike despite low crude prices

Muscat: Oil prices have been low since mid-2014 but the air fares for south Indian destinations for summer from the region continue to skyrocket as usual, digging a deep hole in Indians’ pocket.

A research by the Times of Oman found that a to-and-fro ticket to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of south Indian state of Kerala, was costing between OMR300 and OMR385 from Muscat during the summer. This is the time when majority of them will be flying home as schools close for vacation at that time.

“Last year, when the ticket prices were high during the peak season, the airlines said that the dip in oil price has not helped them since they had purchased fuel much in advance when the prices were high. They assured that ticket fares will come down gradually. However, that has still not happened. Prices are the same as these were last summer,” a travel agent representative said on condition of anonymity.
To fly on July 1 to Thiruvananthapuram from Muscat and return on July 30 from the same destination to Muscat, it will cost around OMR384 via Oman Air and OMR364 via Jet Airways.

Oman Air and Jet Airways are the only two airlines which fly direct between Muscat and Thiruvananthapuram.
27/02/16 jimon K /Times of Oman
To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline