Air India strike hits passengers hard on their pockets
The cancellation of more than 50% of the Air India’s flights and delays, inconveniencing an estimated 10,000 passengers, is already showing an effect on the prices for domestic booking in other private air carriers. As per the DGCA report, the Airlines have increase their fares drastically in last couple of days, as there is more demand from the Air India passengers whose flights were cancelled.
The demand has evaporated the Economy class tickets and the only availability is Premium class tickets. The starting fare for most metro sectors is over Rs 6,000 and going up to massive Rs 15,000-Rs 25,000. The highest fare for a direct flight between Delhi and Chennai for Friday was Rs 25,530. Compared to this, the ticket for a direct flight to Bangkok cost between Rs 12,000 and Rs 17,000.
The Air India Pilot strike entered third consecutive day with senior staff joining the agitation for pay rise and other demands. The 700 member union is on a continued strike inspite of warning from the Air India management that the pilots would be fired if they don’t report by April 29, 2011 5.00pm. The airline has offered to refund the full amount to passengers for cancelled flights and for any flight delayed over an hour.
Source: Times Of India
Petra Vaškových, May 2, 2011
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