Friday, January 12, 2018

This Pongal, it is cheaper to fly to Bangkok than Madurai

Chennai: Over the next two days, flying to Colombo, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok may be cheaper than travelling to Madurai, Tuticorin or Trichy, as airfares to these cities have touched 10,000- 19,000-levels due to Pongal rush. The government's announcement to close schools and colleges on Friday and the bus strike that has crippled commuters over the last eight days seem to have spurred the demand.
While one-way airfare has touched the 9,000- 17,000 price band on the Chennai-Madurai route, a one-way ticket to Tuticorin was 19,000 for travelling on Friday and Saturday. Tickets to Trichy is hovering around 20,000-mark. There is only one seat available at 19,854 on the night flight to Trichy on Friday. The spike in fare, however, is against the Director General of Civil Aviation rules which warn airlines against unusually jacking up ticket fares.
In contrast, the one-way fare to Kuala Lumpur is 11,900 to 16,199 on Friday and 7,800- 11,000 on Saturday. On the Chennai-Colombo route, one-way fare is in the range of 7,900 to 13,000 for travel on Saturday.
The demand for seats is high on the Chennai-Madurai, Chennai-Trichy and Chennai-Tuticorin routes as large number of people have booked the tickets in advance for the Pongal festival, says a travel agent.
12/01/18 Times of India