Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas fliers to Northeast in soup

Ahead of Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations, passengers flying out to their hometowns in the Northeastern part of the country are a harassed lot.

Already stricken with the turmoil back home, especially in Manipur, flyers seeking to deboard at Guwahati airport before their scheduled destination Imphal are made to face another harrowing time. They are forced to cough up as much as Rs.5,000 each by the airlines.  Not only this, the average ticket  prices of Delhi to Imphal flights, which hover between Rs 10,000-15000 at this time of the year, have shot up to whopping Rs.40,000 and above for the week.

Sample this: Moses Pfokrehrii, a student from Delhi who was flying with three of his friends to be with their respective families for Christmas, had to face the worst.  Detailing his ordeal to The Statesman over the phone from Guwahati, he said, "We had booked our tickets for 7:50 am Indigo flight from Delhi to Imphal for December 20. However, owing to the troubled situation in Imphal, we decided to deboard at Guwahati Airport.
22/12/16 Smriti Sharma Vasudeva/The Statesman
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