Saturday, February 12, 2022

Runway resurfacing in Ahmedabad sends airfare soaring 30-160%

Ahmedabad: Shailesh Shah has to travel to Delhi with his wife and elderly father for a social visit next weekend. When he checked for a flight, he was shocked to see the return flight fares at Rs 11,000 per person. A trip to Delhi would cost him a whopping Rs 33,000 for the flights for three people. Shah decided to defer his travel plan.

With most flights operating out of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport during peak hours due to the ongoing runway resurfacing since January 17, airfares from the city airport have dramatically spiked, ranging from 30-160%.

The steepest spike is seen to Jaipur and Chennai with a roundtrip costing upwards of Rs 14,000 per person. This is followed by flights to Delhi and Bengaluru which cost upwards of Rs 10,000 per person and Mumbai-bound flights surging up to Rs 8,500.

Manish Sharma, president, Travel Agents’ Federation of India (TAFI) – Gujarat, said, “The number of flights has reduced due to ongoing runway resurfacing work and most are scheduled at peak hours during which airfares are generally high. Moreover, flight frequencies have also been reduced because of which the airfares have skyrocketed to some places.”

12/02/22 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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