Airlines hike fares as Gujjar stir hits rail traffic
With Gujjar agitation intensifying in Rajasthan, airlines have hiked fares on Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur-Mumbai routes while the bookings are almost full for the next two days.jaipur Updated: Dec 25, 2010 20:23 IST
With Gujjar agitation intensifying in Rajasthan, airlines have hiked fares on Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur-Mumbai routes while the bookings are almost full for the next two days.
Travellers have no option but to pay twice or thrice the actual fare as the demand has raised after cancellation of numerous trains due to the ongoing Gujjar agitation.
"Airfares are constantly rising for the last two-three days. On Friday, the fare for Jaipur-Delhi flight was around Rs 8,000 but today its around Rs 10,000," Anjana Braham, a city-based travel agent, said.
"Fare for Mumbai which used to be around Rs 6,000-7,000 in normal days is also above Rs 12,000 today," she said.
Another travel agent said the agitation has hit their business in the peak holiday season.
The number of cancellation is rising daily following diversion and cancellation of trains due to the agitation, he said.
According to various airlines in Jaipur, bookings are full for Saturday and Sunday while a few seats remain for Sunday's Jaipur-Mumbai flights.
Over 50 trains are affected in the Delhi-Mumbai, Jaipur-Delhi and Ajmer-Indore routes as Gujjars have blocked rail tracks passing from Bharatpur, Dausa and Bhilwara districts.
Traffic on Jaipur-Bharatpur-Agra National Highway is also affected, while tourists are avoiding Rajasthan due to the ongoing stir.