Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Flights fewer, fares soar

Calcutta: The withdrawal of Jet Airways flights has made flying to at least two destinations from Calcutta costlier.

The airfare from Calcutta to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore has skyrocketed despite this not being a tourist season, tour operators and passengers said.

A one-way trip to Mumbai on April 11 will cost between Rs 17,000 and Rs 26,000, according to travel portals on Tuesday. Usually, during this time of the year, the spot fares hover around Rs 8,000 for a one-way trip on the route, tour operators said.

The Mumbai-Calcutta route is no stranger to surge in fares but that happens mostly during the festive season such as the Puja, which sees a rush among people from the city working elsewhere to return home.

Once, ahead of the Puja, the airfare from Mumbai to Calcutta had touched Rs 50,000.

The last-minute airfare from Calcutta to Delhi was around Rs 13,000, compared with the average of Rs 7,000 that airlines charge during this period.

Over the past few months, Jet Airways has withdrawn six of its seven flights in the Calcutta-Mumbai sector and all three in the Calcutta-Delhi sector, sources said.

“The withdrawal of the flights has resulted in the reduction of around 1,000 seats in the Calcutta-Mumbai sector and around 500 seats in the Calcutta-Delhi sector. Hence, the surge in fares,” an aviation industry veteran said.
09/04/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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