Aviation

Competition, DGCA watch keep Diwali fares from skyrocketing

DELHI/MUMBAI

Travellers were in for a surprise this Diwali as they did not have to pay “exorbitant” fares for travel, with new players in the sector keeping the market competitive.

According to airline ticket booking website Yatra.com, the average Mumbai-Delhi fare from November 9 to November 15 was ₹5,186 compared to ₹4,541 from October 26 to November 1, up just 14 per cent. In the years past, fares were seen going upwards of 200 per cent during Diwali, reports The Business Line.

A survey of fares on 10 routes on November 10, 11 and 12 indicated similar trends to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. “The survey was conducted by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and included a combination of “busy metro and non-metro sectors”, a senior official told BusinessLine.

The official declined to reveal specifics of the fares charged, or the routes surveyed, but said that till late Friday evening, the Ministry had not received a single complaint of any airline charging exorbitant fares during the festival season.

“With new airlines coming in, as well as an increase in flights by existing players particularly on key routes, pricing during the festival season was very reasonable this year in comparison to the year before,” said Sharat Dhall, President of Yatra.com.

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