High air fares affects domestic, international passengers

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Kochi: Repeated hike in flight ticket fares troubles both expatriates and domestic passengers alike. Though the travellers who opted for trains earlier have started to prefer flight journeys, the reduction in number of train services and high flight charge following easing of lockdown restrictions have added to the stress of the passengers.

The current rise in flight ticket rates is in contrast with the ‘Dekho India’ scheme that encourages domestic tourism. Travel Agents Association of India Chapter pointed out that the ticket rate hike has been more than twice the earlier charges. The association demanded the government to conduct a meeting with the flight operating companies to bring down the ticket price.

Instead of Rs 2,500, the Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram flight journey costs at least Rs 5,500.

The maximum ticket rate from Kochi to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai were Rs 3,500. But the current ticket rate has been fixed at Rs 7,500 to these cities.

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