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The average one-way fare between Bangalore and Delhi increased by 23% to Rs 6,318. Bangalore-Kolkata fares see a rise of 34%
Rising domestic airfares are hampering the recovery of the country’s aviation market. This industry is already battling with the effects of Corona. Airfares have increased very rapidly since August. Smaller airlines are being affected more by this.
The number of passengers is increasing in the festive season
When more people started traveling during the festive season, the government started increasing the fare limit gradually. The fare limit is applicable for flights commencing within 30 days of booking. In addition, airlines are allowed to sell only 72.5% of seats in an aircraft.
Demand for removal of rent ceiling
Big airlines and airport operators have appealed to the government to remove the fare limit. However, smaller airlines are opposing the move. They fear that doing so will result in reduction of fares by the big airlines. This will have a direct effect on them. If a person travels between Delhi and Kochi within three weeks of booking a ticket with 3 people, he will have to pay Rs 60,000 for to and fro.
If three persons travel between Delhi and Guwahati, they will have to pay Rs.45,000. Even if tickets are booked three weeks before the date of travel. This means that airfares between metros are 20 to 30% higher this month than a year ago.
Rent was increased last month
Last month, the government increased the minimum and maximum fares to Rs 2,900 and Rs 8,800 respectively for flights of less than 40 minutes. Earlier this fare was Rs 2,600 and Rs 7,800. The minimum fare for the longest distance journey i.e. 180 to 210 minutes was increased from Rs 8,700 to Rs 9,800. While the maximum fare was increased from Rs 24,200 to Rs 27,200.
Mumbai-Delhi fare hiked by 30%
The one-way fare between New Delhi and Mumbai between September 1 and September 12 this year has increased by 30% to Rs 5,291 as compared to last year, data from ticket booking portal Yatra shows. Similarly, the average one-way fare between Bangalore and Delhi increased by 23% to Rs 6,318. Bangalore-Kolkata fares have seen an increase of 34%.
Fare is increasing due to festive demand
According to Ixigo, the increase in airfares is also due to the spurt in festive demand. However, the rent ceiling that has been increased is also one of the reasons. Train bookings have also increased by 45% for some popular routes for festive travel in the coming month. Bookings of buses have increased by 71% and booking of flights by 20%.
Increasing number of passengers
Earlier this week, the number of passengers traveling by plane has reached 60% compared to before Corona. Recovery is being hampered by the rent cap imposed by the government. Because sometimes it becomes necessary to keep the fare low for those traveling by air in the country. An airline official said the number of passengers could increase if the fare cap is lifted. It may be that it will reach the earlier level of Corona.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had recently indicated that the limits on fares and flight capacity would remain in place. That is, there is no scope to remove this limit in the near time.