Thursday, February 07, 2019

Only 1 airline to operate additional flights

Though 25 flights were cancelled due to bad weather Wednesday, only one of the seven airlines has announced it will be operating two additional flights on Thursday. Also, despite the state government’s intervention, there is no respite from obscenely exorbitant air ticket prices.
Director Srinagar airport Akash Deep Mathur said Air Vistara would operate two additional flights on Thursday “if weather permits”.
Director Srinagar airport Akash Deep Mathur said Air Vistara would operate two additional flights on Thursday “if weather permits”.
Frequent flight cancellations and intermittent closure of Jammu-Srinagar highway have skyrocketed airfares. Local tour operators blame airlines for selling tickets in bulk to agents who then take advantage of crises. The government on Monday warned airlines of legal action, but a few popular travel portals still show Rs 14000-Rs 18000 as cost of a ticket for Srinagar-New Delhi travel for the next few days.
For people like Umar Hayat, a resident of Sanat Nagar, such fares have created hardships.
“My dad who was in Delhi for cancer treatment is not able to return home because of costly tickets. We can’t afford it,” he said.
07/02/19 Saqib Malik/Greater Kashmir

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