Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Occupancy increases, so do Delhi flight fares

Ludhiana: With the increase in the number of passengers in the lone flight from the city to Delhi after farmers’ protest, the fares have also witnessed a jump. The 70-seater flight’s occupancy continues to be more than 65%.

Air India officials said the minimum rate for a ticket was around Rs 2,800, but these were selling at as high as Rs 4,035 due to hindered movement on the Ludhiana-Delhi highway in the wake of farmers’ agitation near Delhi. They said the rates were expected to remain more than the minimum value till the protest and the passenger load may remain high as people were now preferring air travel.

As per a ticket booking portal, the December 15 and 17 ticket rate is Rs 4,035 and for December 19, it is available for Rs 3,510 and for December 21 and 22, for Rs 3,090.

AI officials said before the protest, the occupancy was between 20-30%, but after November 26, it shot above 65%. In the first fortnight of December, the number of incoming passengers in Delhi-Ludhiana flight was between 42 and 58 and of the outgoing was between 38 and 58.

The data of November showed that number of incoming passengers from November 1 to November 26 (when farmers started protest to Delhi) was between 14 and 30 and of outgoing was between 13 and 29. After the start of the protest on November 26, there was a jump in occupancy with 44 passengers arriving from Delhi and 57 leaving. On November 28, the number of incoming passengers jumped to 64 and 65 left for Delhi from Sahnewal.

AAI officials said given the significant increase in flight occupancy, they would keep asking Air India to increase the flight frequency from the present four days a week to all seven days.

15/12/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India

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