Airlines jack up fares on popular routes

Airlines have, across domestic sectors, jacked up fares to an all-time high in what is seen as a change in pricing strategy which, industry analysts say, is a sign of cartelisation since all airlines are at it.

With no airline announcing a flash sale, fares remain high till March-end. Fares on popular sectors like Mumbai-Delhi, Delhi-Bangalore, Delhi-Chennai are all double the normal fares. Travel trade says that cheaper fares are available only on bookings done 30 days in advance.

“Flight fares for major domestic sectors are facing an all-time high with routes such as Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai recording an average increase of 70% as compared to the same time last year.

“Flight fares to and from Delhi to cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune have also seen an average increase of 30%,” Aloke Bajpai, CEO and co-founder, ixigo, a travel portal said. Read More

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