Govt working on proposal to cap lowest, highest air fares
While the Ministry was working on a mechanism to fix the highest and the lowest price bands, industry experts felt that the best solution would be to link the air fares with the revenue per kilometre (RPKM) calculated by the airlines.
Currently, the lowest return ticket price between Delhi and Kochi stands at around Rs 22,755 while that on the Delhi- Goa sector was Rs 22,527. The lowest return fare on Delhi- Mumbai route, which has about 60 flights a day, was nearly Rs 15,000 and on the Delhi-Kolkata sector was around Rs 16,000.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has expressed concern over the sharp rise in air fares, especially during peak hours and seasons, with helpless passengers booking tickets at the last moment having to shell out large sums.
Official sources said though the government would not determine the fares, it was working on a formula to fix the lowest and highest ranges in consultation with the airlines.
The fares would not be allowed to go beyond a fixed multiple of the minimum air fare during a given period, the sources said.
Supporting the capping of the lowest and highest fare bands, Debashish Saha of Aeronautical Society of India said,
"There has to be a rationale, a logic to determine the lowest and the highest fares. There
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