Monday, July 02, 2018

Airfares to Srinagar skyrocket

With inclement weather causing uncertainty regarding movement of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, airliners operating in the region waste no time to cash in on the situation to arbitrarily increase the airfares.
A cursory glance at various travel portals indicated that Delhi to Srinagar airfares for next few days were touching almost Rs 18,000 per passenger while Jammu to Srinagar airfares for the same day were at Rs 16,000 which is highly expensive than the regular airfares.  The routine airfares for the two routes respectively are around Rs 5,000 and Rs 3,000.
A sharp increase in airfares is taking a toll on both locals and tourists visiting the Valley. PreetiSompura, a Mumbai-based television journalist who reached Srinagar on Friday to perform the Amarnathyatra told Greater Kashmir that manifold increase in air-ticket prices is a burden on flyers.
“While most of our group members had booked Mumbai-Srinagar return tickets for Rs 19,000 per head, others who booked their tickets just a few days back had to shell out Rs 29,000 per head for a return air ticket,” Sompura said.
Several people planning to travel from Jammu to Srinagar said the airlines are making “an open loot”.  Bilal Ahmad, a medical supplier, who was stranded in Jammu due to suspension of traffic on the highway on Saturday said each travel portal was indicating fares between Jammu and Srinagar not less than Rs 12,000 for July 2. “These airfares are much higher than the ones prior to rainfall. The government should have roped-in special additional flights in order to address the huge rush from Jammu and Delhi for Srinagar,” Ahmad said.
02/07/18 Saqib Malik/Greater Kashmir