Festival-Time Airfare Hike a Concern: PM

Published: 03rd September 2015 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2015 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern over the steep rise in airfares during festive seasons, following which the Ministry of Civil Aviation is looking at ways to curb such instances.

There have been instances of airlines hiking the price of air tickets during festival seasons when more people travel. A ministry official, however, said that regulating airfares was not a way out.

The Prime Minister received a representation that airfares are high during Onam. At that time, many Keralites working in the Middle East come home with their families have to shell out high prices of air tickets, the official said. “High airfares are a cause for concern. We will try to address the problem... both in international and domestic routes,” the official said.

Last week, MoS Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said the issue of predatory pricing was a concern for a majority of Parliamentarians as well as the Prime Minister.

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