A spate of violence unleashed by Jat protesters demanding quotas has sent air fares on the Chandigarh-Delhi sector through the roof with the cheapest available one-way ticket for Monday selling for over Rs 99,000.
The one-way, 45-minute flight is priced almost double that of a Delhi-London return flight that costs around Rs 46,000. A Delhi-New York return ticket costs around Rs 63,000.
Airline sources said flights out of Chandigarh were fully booked as people were desperate to get out of the city. “These are the last few seats available and they are being sold for a premium,” said an airline official who did not wish to be named.
Across the board from economy to business class seats, prices showed a ten-fold jump, with a one-way ticket on travel portal makemytrip selling at Rs 99,128.
Eight people have been killed in the past few days in violence across Haryana with Jat protestors demanding reservation in jobs and colleges that has badly affected road transport.
Sources said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation was keeping a tab on the situation.
“We have requested special permission for the DGCA to operate flights to Chandigarh on Sunday when the airport is closed and also requested for permission for additional flights in the late evening. We will also be flying the bigger Boeing 737 jets to Chandigarh to accommodate additional passengers,” said a SpiceJet spokesperson.