Thursday, August 31, 2017

Festival flight fares see marginal hike in Kerala

Kochi:  Flight ticket prices phenomenally used to go over the roof during the Onam–Bakrid season as people flocked to the state to celebrate festivals.

 Anticipating public displeasure over this, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to give permission for additional services to airline companies to ease traffic woes during the festival season.

However, it hardly evoked a response with no airline company except Air India Express approaching the ministry seeking permission for additional services to Kerala.

Nonetheless, the average flight ticket prices to Kerala from UAE was only Rs 11,130 during Onam season, as per the booking status on August 25, says Paytm Travel, one of the leading travel aggregators in the country.

The average airfare to Kochi from Riyadh, Muscat, Doha were Rs 12,914, Rs 12,231 and Rs 19,051 respectively, as on August 25.  The average ticket price to airports in Kerala and Tamil Nadu from other domestic airports in the country was Rs 5,087, as per the booking data of August 25.
31/08/17 Dhinesh Kallungal/New Indian Express