Friday, December 23, 2016

Air fares from Chennai touch Rs 10,000 mark for Christmas weekend

Chennai: Flying for Christmas and New Year to southern cities is going to be expensive for last minute travellers as air fares from Chennai have shot up due to high demand.
One-way tickets to Coimbatore, Madurai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram for Friday touched the Rs 10,000 mark. Friday marks the beginning of the holiday weekend travel this season. Fares were hovering around Rs 2,500 for those who booked a week ago, the lucky ones may still get a few tickets on these routes for Rs4,000 to Rs7,000.
The fares are expected to shoot up further as demand continues to be high from last minute travellers for the weekend, said an official of an online ticket portal. "Ticket prices have increased by 50% to 80% on most routes," he said.
On the Chennai-Kochi route, there was only one seat available on a low-cost carrier for Friday. After the seat is sold, the price band moves up to Rs10,000. Similar is the situation on other routes. The one-way fare is edging closer to Rs10,000 for travel on Saturday as well. As trains are full, demand for seats on flights remains high.
City colleges have closed for a week for New Year holiday. This has triggered an increase in demand for seats for travel on Friday and Saturday. Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) national president D Sudhakara Reddy said, "This is because there is no fare regulator in the country. DGCA does not have the expertise. Passengers are left to the mercy of airlines which determines fares based on demand and supply."
23/12/16 Times of India
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