Jammu, February 23: Even as permission has been given by Indian Air Force to fly during the night from the Jammu Airport to help Delhi bound passengers stranded in Jammu due to suspension of trains and buses, unfortunately no airline has started any such flight.
Hundreds of pilgrims and other passengers have been stranded in Jammu for the past three days due to the Jat agitation in Haryana, leading to suspension of trains and buses to other parts of the country. Despite helping these people in reaching home safely, the airlines have increased fares manifold taking advantage of the fact that air travel is presently the only mode of transport for stranded passengers.
The present fares on flights have shot up to Rs. 15,000 for a one way flight between Jammu and New Delhi and is a glaring example of opportunism.
Though, there is no permission given for night flight operations by Jammu Airport because of security reasons, on Monday a permission was given by IAF which allowed the private airlines to fly at night to give relief to the stranded passengers in Jammu. However, no private airline came forward to send additional flights to Jammu.
Sources said that the private airlines do not have extra aircraft in Jammu and they chose not to send any aircraft from Delhi to clear the backlog of passengers in Jammu. However, Air India arranged one additional flight that accommodated only 150 passengers.