Airfares of the Chandigarh-Srinagar flight have been slashed by 70% due to the ongoing curfew in various parts of the Kashmir valley.
A one-way ticket, which was available at Rs 9,000-Rs 10,000 a week ago, is available at Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000.
While SpiceJet Airlines has suspended its operations till August 31, the other airlines have reduced their airfare, especially IndiGo airlines, which offer a direct flight from Chandigarh to Srinagar.
Ajay Jasra, general manager, SpiceJet, said, “Considering the curfew in Srinagar, we have stopped the operations between Chandigarh and Srinagar till August 31. Also, it is an off season.” It is only SpiceJet and IndiGo Airlines which offer direct flights between Chandigarh and Srinagar. The SpiceJet flight departs from Chandigarh at 12:35pm and reaches Srinagar at 1:40 pm while the IndiGo flight departs from Chandigarh at 1:25pm and reaches Srinagar at 2:30 pm.
The airfare for Indigo’s non-stop flight between Chandigarh and Srinagar is Rs 2,422.
Jet Airways station manager Sunil Sharma said, “We do not have any direct flight between Chandigarh and Srinagar and hence we don’t know about reduction in airfare.”
The Jet Airways one-way flight between Chandigarh and Srinagar via Delhi costs Rs 12,791 while the flight between Chandigarh and Srinagar via Delhi and Bombay costs Rs 14,636.
From August 26, the ticket rates are likely to come down to Rs 1,639.
The Air India flight which goes to Srinagar via Delhi will cost Rs 4,724 for one-way trip.