The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to reduce fares on its Airport Express Line (between New Delhi Station and IGI airport) by up to 50%. The new fares will come into effect from Friday.
As per the revised fare structure, the minimum single journey fare on the corridor will be Rs 10, compared to the earlier `20 and the maximum fare will be Rs 60 against the earlier maximum fare of Rs 100.
“A one-way journey from the New Delhi station to Dwarka Sector 21 using single journey token will now cost only Rs 60. The fare store value card offered to the commuters will have a further discount of 10% as well,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
“The fares are being decreased to mainly encourage commuters from the Dwarka sub city to travel by the Airport Express line instead of the blue line. This will also help decongest the blue line, especially during peak hours, as it is one of the busiest corridors of the Delhi Metro network. The benefit of lesser travel time on the Airport Express line will be communicated to the passengers,” the spokesperson added.
The fares of the Airport Express line were decreased by up to 40% on July 24 last year. As a result, the average daily ridership of the corridor increased from around 13,000 in June, 2014 to more than 20,000 in February earlier this year. On August 28, 2015, more than 32,000 people travelled by the Airport Express line.
DMRC has been taking number of steps to increase the ridership on the airport line and had previously adjusted the departure timings of the train as per the arrival of Shatabdi Express trains at New Delhi railway station.
For nearly two years authorities struggled to increase ridership on the corridor, that was taken over by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation from Reliance Infrastructure on July 2013, due to high fares and several logistical issues.
DMRC took over operations of the Airport link after Reliance Infrastructure’s subsidiary Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) terminated its concessionaire agreement.