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India intervenes on airlines overpricing the tickets

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warning has been issued by India's gover­nment to the domestic airlines which increase ticket prices on popular routes. During the latest holiday season, some tickets even doubled the price. The government acted instantly stating that these „predatory prices“ will not be tolerated.

Airlines doubling ticket prices during Diwali

As the latest holiday took place in India, some airlines did dare to double the ticket prices. Tickets on a popular Delhi – Bombay route cost between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 on average. While particular carriers charged up to Rs 25,000 during the Hinduism holiday Diwali.

The civil aviation minister of India reacted at a conference in New Delhi. These practises will not be tolerated, he stated. He also warned the carriers from further overpricing the tickets pointing out that the aviation industry regulator could invoke „special powers“.

India's air traffic rising

The statistics, as of the first ten months of 2010, show a significant 18% year-to-year increase in air passenger traffic. Nearly 42 million domestic passengers were transported in India. The planes are loaded to more than 80% and the numbers are expected to rise further during February. This month is most liked by foreign tourists.

Source: The Financial Times

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