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Travel agents seek low airfare

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 21:28 IST
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A plethora of surcharges imposed by airlines are keeping airfares at elevated levels despite a sharp drop in prices of jet fuels and travel agents have sought immediate government intervention to make the price fixation more transparent.

“It is time that domestic airlines follow the international fare structure where a passenger is charged from point to point unlike now when a passenger flying from Delhi to Coimbatore is charged from Delhi to Hyderabad and Hyderabad to Coimbatore, these discrepancies make air travel costlier,” said Keyur Joshi, co-founder and chief operating officer of one India’s largest travel portal makeMytrip.com.

Joshi said the travel industry has repeatedly asked the government to look into the airline fare structure and asked the government to direct airlines to do away with components like fuel surcharge that make air travel very expensive.

“Fuel surcharge and other levies not only make tickets expensive but is also choking the industry,” Joshi said after inking a deal between MakeMytrip.com and travel technology solutions major Amadeus.