Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Per kilometre air fares in India cheaper than auto-rickshaw rides, says Jayant Sinha

New Delhi: India’s domestic air fares per km basis are cheaper than even an auto-rickshaw ride, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the International Aviation Summit being held here, Sinha said: “If you look at the typical cost of an auto-rickshaw, in any of our large cities, it is around Rs 8 to Rs 10 per km… say if two people are travelling on an auto-rickshaw, then on a per person basis it is around say Rs 4 to Rs 5 per km.”
“Air fares, if you book ahead of time, typically it is Rs 4 a km or sometimes even less, on a per km basis it is among the lowest in the world.”
In addition, the minister said: “Obviously, I am not implying therefore use planes for short distance, that’s not the point of the comparison, just to demonstrate how affordable air fares are.”
Accordingly, low air fares have been a major driver for passenger traffic in India.
05/09/18 IANS/Financial Express
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