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—makemytrip.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 for particular days.
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 Rs 5,000 and Rs 9,000 on June 7 and will go down further to Rs 4,000 later in the week.
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A city resident, Shyna Jain, who is a frequent visitor to Delhi, said, “As summer vacations are on, there is always a 75% increase in demand for the Chandigarh-Delhi air tickets as people who have to catch their international flights from Delhi travel from the region to the national capital. Airlines take advantage of such situations.”
Similar, rather worse, situation was witnessed in February when the Jat community’s agitation in Haryana had led to obstruction of railway tracks. The airlines then had charged anywhere between Rs 25,000 and Rs 55,000 for the one-hour flight between Chandigarh and Delhi.
Airfare for June 7
Jet Airways 11:05 AM: Rs 7,050
Vistara 3:20 PM: Rs 8,506
Spicejet 7:20 PM: Rs 8,927
Jet Airways 7:30 PM: Rs 8,321
Spicejet 8:40 PM Rs 8,927
Jet Airways 7:40 PM: Rs 9,594
Air India 1:40 pm: Rs 10, 335
Spicejet 5:40 PM: Rs 10, 726