Saturday, July 17, 2021

Price of plane ticket to Delhi reaches Rs50,000

Demand for tickets on the Kathmandu-Delhi route has been going off the charts, and airfares are soaring accordingly. The price of a seat on a flight to Delhi has reached Rs50,000, almost six times the normal cost.

Travel agencies and airlines say tickets have become costlier because flights between the two neighbours have not been increased despite a massive surge in travel demand.

Flight frequencies on other international sectors have returned to near normal levels.

On July 5, a Cabinet meeting had allowed the resumption of passenger flights on international sectors based on the country’s needs and travel demand. The government moved to resume flights following complaints about expensive air tickets in the international sector after a limited number of flights were permitted to some key destinations.

But services to Delhi, the busiest and most lucrative route out of Kathmandu, remain capped due to an air bubble arrangement between Nepal and India that allows one weekly flight in either direction.

16/07/21 Sangam Prasain/Kathmandu Post

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