By Riyaz Bhat
Srinagar: Taking undue advantage of closure of Jammu Srinagar Highway and frequent disruption of the air traffic due inclement weather, airliners operating to Kashmir have resorted to a steep hike with prices touching Rs one lakh per passenger from a trip from New Delhi.
Other, airliners too have increased the rates by almost 40 percent with passengers saying that it is out of question to take flights at such exuberant prices.
“Instead of offering more rebates during this tough time, airliners have resorted to such unjust hikes,” said Muhammad Muzaffar a local adding that during the floods in 2014, a similar situation had been witnessed and the state government is not asking airliners to at least regulate fares. A scan of the rates available on different websites reveals that travelling to Srinagar from New Delhi is more costly than traveling abroad.
A tour package trip for Dubai from India costs Rs 38, 200 which includes four nights and five days as well the package covers the hotel costs.
Recently the Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has sought the intervention of the concerned authorities in the GoI to check the arbitrary hike in airfares.
Last year the GoI had said that it planned to regulate steep rise in airfares during natural calamities and force majure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to take note of the surge in air ticket prices during natural calamities and force majeure.