Surge can be attributed to less number of incoming passengers; regional railway services being hit due to prevailing situation, says AAI NER director Sanjeev Jindal
Guwahati: Amid the ongoing protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, flight fares have spiked to a new high.
When EastMojo checked the flight fares from New Delhi to Guwahati for December 19, that is Thursday, it was observed that the fares start from over Rs 11,000 plus taxes and are as high as Rs 21,500 for non-stop flights. Which usually, if booked at the last moment, would normally cost somewhere around Rs 7,000 - 8,000.
The rates are off the charts, even if one has to assume it to be an end-moment flight booking.
EastMojo tried to contact several airlines for the reason behind the abnormal hike, but could not reach any.
Meanwhile, it was seen that flight fares from Guwahati to New Delhi were quite low. It was observed that fares started roughly around Rs 6,600 plus taxes.
EastMojo contact Sanjeev Jindal, regional executive director of Airports Authority of India of Northeast region. Jindal said that at the moment, the number of outgoing passengers have increased from the city, while incoming are less.
He said though flights are commercially free to charge anything, "but at a time of crisis they [airlines] should keep rates reasonable".
It is to be noted that due to protests against the amended CAA, which started on December 11, train services have been hit. Several long-distance trains remain cancelled. Also, as the protests have gained moment in West Bengal, vandalism of several stations have hindered long distances trains.
This has left travellers with no choice but to opt for air travel.
Jindal said that because of uncertainty of train services, passenger volume at the airport has bumped up.