Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Flights now cheaper than trains for most tourist destinations after introduction of surge pricing

Thanks to surge pricing introduced in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express coaches by the Indian railways, it will be cheaper to take a flight to most winter destinations in the country if the traveler plans the journey a few weeks in advance.
Take the case of Goa, the most preferred winter destination in India, for example. Air tickets to the coastal state are as low as Rs.4,100 in the second week of December and even lower in January, when it hovers around Rs.3,600. In comparison, the train journey from Delhi to Goa will cost Rs.6,165 for 1st AC and Rs.5,310 for 2nd AC coach in Rajdhani Express.
"Airline companies have introduced smart pricing. Most of the travelers are opting for flight tickets this year," a travel agent based in Connaught Place told Mail Today. "This gives dual advantage to passengers who save on money as well as time." Travel trade experts said airline companies were quick to take advantage of the surge pricing introduced by the railways.
They point out that a day after railways introduced surge pricing last month, Air India announced their 'Uro Jee bhar ke' (Fly to your heart's content) scheme, which offers flight tickets to waiting-listed train passengers at fares lower than those of two-tier AC tickets. Burdened with financial losses, both the Railways and Air India have been working at strategies to ramp up passenger earnings.
11/10/16 Rakesh Ranjan/Mail Today
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