Wednesday, July 25, 2018

5 routes in India where air travel is cheaper than travelling on trains

There is a reason why flight booking is such a difficult task. With more and more people taking flights every day, the inevitable has finally happened. Not only is traveling by air saving your precious time but a recent study has found it to be cheaper as compared to train bookings. According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled in Parliament recently, tickets on certain premium trains of the Indian Railways were much higher as compared to airfares. The report which was critical about Railways’ flexi-fare scheme said that if a passenger was to book a ticket 90-120 days in advance, traveling by air is the cheaper option in several routes. And while in some routes the airfares remained higher, the difference was only up to ?600.

The CAG report stated that airlines in general have reported a growth in the number of passengers in 26 routes across the country while occupancy in Indian Railways’ premium trains like The Rajdhani and Duronto have only increased in four directions. The cost of air travel by economy class in these routes are cheaper when compared to the cost of a AC2 and AC3 tier in trains.
25/07/18 Abhishek Nair/GQ

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