Sunday, July 29, 2018

Steep hike in airfare from Kerala to Gulf

Thiruvananthapuram: Airlines have hiked fares up to five times the basic tariffs from the three international airports in Kerala to almost all destinations in West Asia, hoping to cash in on the demand among Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) returning after the coming Bakrid and Onam festivals and summer vacation of educational institutions in the Gulf.

The increase in fares by airlines based in India and West Asia, including budget carriers, has upset the travel plans of several NoRKs, many of whom have already reached home after the closure of educational institutions as also those who are planning to come home and return after Bakrid, which falls on August 22, and Onam, on August 25.

The fares, which were in the range of Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 12,000 in the West Asia-Kerala sector during the off-season, have been steeply hiked after August 22 by the airlines, including the national carrier Air India and its low-cost arm Air India Express. Educational institutions in the Gulf will reopen on September 1 after the summer vacation.
29/07/18 S. Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu