CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI: Three months after the Jat quota agitation in Haryana had pushed the airfare of Chandigarh-New Delhi flights through the roof, the flights have again become about five times costly as the community launched the second round of agitation on Sunday.
On Monday, the private airlines were charging anywhere between Rs 15,000 and Rs 17,000 for the one-hour flight between Delhi and Chandigarh as against the Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000 on normal days, while the fare is likely to be lower on Tuesday. As per travel website—make-my-trip.com— the airfare on Tuesday is likely to range between Rs 7,000 and Rs 11,000.
The airline operators, however, said the increase was due an increase in the bookings.
A spokesperson of Spicejet on Sunday had said, “Since very few seats are available, the airfare is high till Monday. For Tuesday, the bookings are not that high which is why the fare will automatically come down by half up to Rs 8,000.”
Stating the same reason for the hike in airfare, an official from the Jet airways said with an increase in the bookings for particular days, the airfare foes up. “The airfare varies with the demand for tickets. More the demand, higher the fare,” said one of its official.
He said there were not many advance bookings from June 7 onwards and the fare would come down automatically. The official said the fare would be between Rs5,000 and Rs9,000 on June 7 and will go down further later in the week. Airfares had touched Rs 99,000 during the stir in February. Traffic on NH-1 was also thin.