Saturday, May 28, 2022

Flying to small towns from Chennai airport becomes more expensive

Chennai: Flying to small towns from Chennai airport remains expensive due to high demand and increase in operational cost.

One-way fares on direct flights to Ranchi, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Patna, Chandigarh and a few other destinations are edging closer to 10,000 for travel in the first and second week of June though summer holidays are drawing to a close.

Though demand for tickets is high, airlines are operating only 1-2 direct flights a day to many small towns. The air fare is 7,000 to Bhopal, 8,300 to Ranchi, 10,000 to Chandigarh, 7,700 to Surat, 9,000 to Ahmedabad, 8,900 to Patna for travel in the first week of next month.

Sources said the fare is also fixed at a higher band to earn maximum revenue when ticket demand is high.

An airline official said that the “load factor is definitely above the average on most of the routes. There is scope for increasing the frequency because its an under penetrated market. But the airlines are also incurring an increase in cost due to the high fuel price."

ATF price is 1.27lakh per kilo litre in Chennai, the highest after Kolkata.

Sriharan Balan of Madura Travels said that domestic travel has increased, pushing up the fares on most of the routes. “The demand is high due to the summer holidays. Groups are also switching to domestic holidays because of the time taken to obtain a visa to popular foreign destinations. It has become difficult to make last minute changes. A one-way ticket from Srinagar to Chennai was 30,000 when booked a few hours before departure.” The fares are likely to come down in June or July.

28/05/22 Times of India

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