Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tripura CM seeks Centre intervention to stop IndiGo from ‘monopolising’ Agartala-Kolkata route

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has sought the intervention of the aviation ministry in connection with an apparent surge in airfares by a private airline. “The withdrawal of flights by Spicejet created a monopolistic situation for IndiGo Airlines, resulting in a sharp increase in airfares”, the Chief Minister wrote in his letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

CM Deb also wrote that airfares in the Agartala-Kolkata route witnessed a more than two-fold spike in the absence of SpiceJet Airlines. “The airfare from Agartala to Kolkata has already shot up from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000. We get an impression that IndiGo Airlines is now trying to exploit this situation by withdrawing more flights, which will result in a further increase in airfares to their benefit. This, in our view, certainly calls for intervention from the ministry of civil aviation”, Deb wrote in the letter.

Station in-charge of IndiGo Airlines at Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Airport here was not available on the phone. However, MBB Airport Director SD Burman said that IndiGo has withdrawn two out of its 10 aircrafts, which used to operate per day from Tripura. “They withdrew two aircrafts from Tripura recently. However, we are told those will be added back to their fleet operating in the state in December”, the official said.
30/10/18 Debraj Deb/Indian Express