Saturday, June 01, 2019

NoRKs get another jolt from airlines

Thiruvananthapuram: Airlines have again increased the fares from the four international airports in the State to destinations in West Asia to cash in on the demand for seats from Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) returning to their workplaces after Ramzan.

The latest hike, second in two months, comes close on the heels of a 200-400% hike in the airfares during the summer vacation for educational institutions in the State.

One-way fares from the Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Kozhikode and Kannur international airports to various destinations in West Asia have suddenly gone up from the existing ₹6,000-₹12,000 range. A one-way economy class ticket from the four airports to key destinations in West Asia in budget and regular flights of both Indian and foreign carriers on June 9 (after Ramzan) costs somewhere between ₹14,000 and ₹48,500.

An economy class ticket in Gulf Air from the State capital to Dubai on June 9 is available for ₹14,000, whereas the fare from Kannur to Dubai in Indigo is ₹25,700. The economy class fare from the State capital to Jeddah in Gulf Air on June 9 is ₹20,100. One has to pay ₹48,500 for flying from Kannur to Jeddah in the national carrier Air India.
01/06/19 The Hindu

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