Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Delhi runway closure leads to increase in airfare

Chennai: Flying to Delhi can be expensive this week as airlines are cutting down their flights and an increase in airfares is expected due to the runway closure at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi from November 7 to November 10.
Air India has combined two flights while SpiceJet has cancelled one departure each for the next three days. Other airlines have also rescheduled or combined a few of their flights both from and to New Delhi including those from Chennai.
This will reduce the seat availability from Chennai and increase airfares, according to travel agents.
However, there is no large-scale cancellation of flights from Chennai. As the route is popular, a reduction in a few flights is enough for the fares to go up.
An airline official said the Chennai-Delhi route sees good seat occupancy.
Airfare on red-eye flights, those operated late in the night, which was in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 has jumped to Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000, while fares on regular daytime flights have increased from Rs 6,500 to Rs 18,000. An airline official said red-eye flights were popular as fares are usually low.
07/11/17 V Ayyappan/Times of India