Sunday, June 23, 2019

Rising fare on India-Oman sector hit travellers hard

Muscat: Sky-high airfares on the India-Oman sector have hit travellers hard in the peak summer season. Fares usually go up this time of the year as Indian schools close for summer vacation.

This year, however, travellers have also been hit the hardest due to the suspension of flight operations by some airlines on the India-Oman sector. Jet Airways, one of the leading private airlines of India is grounded as it has gone bankrupt.

Indigo has stopped flying on the Muscat-Kochi route since April 1 and Calicut-Muscat route from 2017. It has also stopped flying on the Muscat-Ahmedabad sector from March.

Oman Air has suspended its operations to many cities in the world including Mumbai in India as part of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation directives to halt operations of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Rising airfares saw many venting their anger on social media platforms. A tweet read, “Sir...please address the high airfare issues facing NRIs in Oman and the UAE on the Kerala sector. After Indigo and Jet Airways stopped flying on these routes we have to pay exorbitant rates to travel home...flying to the USA is cheaper. High time you take up this issue.”

A senior official from United Travel said, “This year airfares are higher in comparison to last year. The reason is only one - the demand is high. And the demand is high because certain airlines have withdrawn services to certain cities this year.
23/06/19 Swapna Tarafdar/Muscat
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