Although travelling by air is becoming expensive due to a hike in the prices of aviation turbine fuel but daily commuters and holiday goers say there is no other alternate to travel, as travelling in the country by train is a tedious affair.
Most of the prominent airlines have hiked their ticket rates by 30% including Jet Airways, Spicejet, GoAir and IndiGo last week.
The Chandigarh-Delhi route, which is termed as the most used and heavy traffic route by the city's airport will now cost around Rs 4,570 that will extend up to Rs 6,260. Previously the rates started from Rs 3,200 extending to Rs 5,000.
Regular business travellers who frequent the route said, "Travelling by car is equally expensive, with petrol prices sky rocketing, and trains are not available at all because of over booking, so air travel saves time and people like me who have always preferred flying are not affected much by the increase in rates," said Harmeet Singh, a city based businessman.
"Yes if we need the tickets urgently the price is going to cost me around Rs 7,000 but I think in an urgency one does not see what the price is," said Ruchika Kapoor, who is working in an event management company.
A one- way flight from Chandigarh to Goa is Rs 9,500 from various airlines and the time duration taken is approximately 4 hours while a one way railway ticket costs Rs 4,500 and the time duration is 2 days.
"I am going on a holiday to Goa, and I have been sanctioned only a seven-day leave. I will obviously travel by air, nowadays time is a constraint, so flights are the only choice. Moreover roundtrips give a traveller a good deal than one way tickets," said Simranjeet Singh Gill, who is working in an MNC as an assistant manager.
No airline official or the airport authorities want to comment on the price rise or the revised rates but talking to HT on conditions of anonymity an official of IndiGo, said, "With hike in fuel prices, a revision of rates is always on cards."