Sunday, February 14, 2021

Patna: Airlines optimistic despite hike in fares, flyers upset

Patna: The hike in domestic airfares, announced by the ministry of civil aviation on Thursday, has evoked mixed response from flyers as well as different airlines operating from the city. The hike on different domestic routes ranges from 10% (minimum) to 30% (maximum), depending on distance covered.

Airline executives at the city airport, however, said despite hike in airfares, people would continue preferring flights over trains. “Flights on most routes have no vacant seat within the allowed capacity. One of the reasons behind it is preference of air travel over other modes of transport in view of Covid-19 pandemic,” said an IndiGo executive.

A SpiceJet executive too said the increase in fare band would not have any drastic effect on the basic fare. The minimum and maximum cap increase will only restore the pre-Covid prices airfares, he said.

Rajesh Kumar, executive at a travel agency, said, “The government has only raised the fare band. This will benefit regular flyers especially during the festive reason when airlines charge unreasonable fares.”

Kumud Ranjan, executive of another travel agency, said, “Travelling has been difficult for most people in Covid era. Not just airfares, but fares of other modes of transportation have also risen. The number of trains running presently is significantly less, forcing people to opt air travel.”

14/02/21 Times of India

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