Monday, July 12, 2021

Ahmedabad: One-way airfare to Canada costs students 10% of total course fee

Ahmedabad: Parents of Hansal Khatri, a Ghatlodia resident, were in for a shock when they started checking the availability of flights to Canada. “I have got admission in a PG diploma course for business management at a reputable university in Canada for Fall semester (starting from September). I need to be there by the last week of August,” said Khatri. He has the entire course fees of Rs 20 lakh whereas the current one-way airfare by carriers such as Air India is Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 2 lakh – accounting to 10% of the total course fees.“The tickets were costing between Rs 50,000 and Rs 70,000 in January this year. While it was still costly, we justified it due to the prevailing Covid conditions. But air fares rising three times is too much when the majority of the passengers during this time are only foreign-bound students,” said Amit Khatri, his father. “As he has already secured the admission, we would have no option but to shell out the money, but it is not fair," the father felt.

It’s not just students – even the regular passengers are also bearing the brunt. Naranpura resident Subhash Ghonchala said that a one-way ticket for his daughter-in-law from Ahmedabad to reach Toronto, Canada on July 5 cost Rs 1.77 lakh which was three times the conventional ticket price of average Rs 70,000.

12/07/21 Parth Shastri/Times of India

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