Price increased only on limited Delhi flight ticket, says airlines

After the complete shutdown of Jet Airways, the Delhi flight tickets have been raised however, 3 airline companies operating Kathmandu-Delhi flight insist that the price is only increased on limited tickets.

Soon after the closure of Jet Airways flight, there was shortage of KTM-Delhi tickets so the price was suddenly increased.

Jet Airways used to conduct 3 daily flights but the Indian airline plummeted due to the financial crisis and had to completely halt its operation.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) conducted a meeting on Sunday with Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), IndiGo and Air India after sudden increase in the ticket fare. CAAN questioned the airlines on why the price was raised as only one airline terminated flights.

The airlines replied that the fare was not increased on all tickets but only on 35 per cent of expensive tickets only.

The demand of ticket for Delhi increased heavily after the Jet Airways’ shutdown so the ticket price automatically increased for the expensive tickets. The ticket price for Delhi has increased 3 times the normal price. Previously, one way ticket price was Nrs8000 only but now it has rocketed to Nrs20000.

At present NAC, IndiGo and Air India are operating KTM-DELHI-KTM flight. CAAN has instructed airlines to increase flight frequency rather than increasing fare and also has requested airlines not to take benefit from passengers in the name of Jet Airways’ flight termination.

IndiGo and Air India operate 1 daily flights on KTM-Delhi route while the national flag carrier of Nepal operates 11 flights weekly. NAC is preparing to increase the weekly flight frequency to 14.

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