Airlines turn opportunists, charge a bomb as 19 trains to J&K cancelled

Jammu and Kashmir News

After multiple trains got cancelled, and with the ever increasing heavy rush of tourists and pilgrims in the state, the airlines have hiked the airfare to make more profit.
The Railways cancelled about 115 trains on the route starting from the 24th to 30th of May, due to the double-laning of the track from Suchi Pind to Jalandhar Cantonment. Out of these 115 trains, 19 were Jammu bound.

May-June is considered to be the peak season for tourism and pilgrimage for Jammu and Kashmir. More than 35,000 pilgrims/day visit Mata Vaishno Devi shrine during these days, out of which most of the people prefer to travel by trains. All the trains had been booked for May and June and due to heavy rush most of the people had booked their tickets months before in order to get confirmed seats, but the cancellation of trains spoiled their trips and they were left with no other option but to drop the idea of travelling or buy air tickets on a higher price.The cancellation left thousands of passengers stranded, and these included the Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims too. With no other option left, they had either the road or air routes.

Taking advantage of lesser mode of transport available during the peak tourist time in the state, all the airlines, including Air India, have hiked their fares by four to eight times. The fare of the Jammu-Delhi flight was around Rs 7,000-8,000 and the Jammu-Srinagar ticket is costed more than Rs 14,000 per passenger.

The Jammu-Delhi airfare, which usually is between Rs 3,500 and 6,000, suddenly became more than Rs 8,000 and Jammu-Srinagar airfare, which usually is Rs 2,000 to 3500, is now Rs 14,000 per ticket.

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