Dear Sri. Gajapathi Rajuji,
I would like to draw your kind attention to the recent unjustified hike in air ticket price for the Gulf sector, by the airlines, beginning with the onset of school vacation period and holiday season.
In the past three months, the average air ticket fare from Kerala to Middle East and other Gulf countries were ranging from INR 6000 to 12000 for one way and INR 16000 to 18000 for return journey. Low cost carriers like Air India Express, Indigo, Spice Jet and others had special day special flights to Gulf sectors with very low price ranging from INR 4000 to 6000 for one way and INR 7000 to 9000 for return journey.
But in the last few weeks there is a visible hike of almost 100 percent in the air ticket price of different airlines for the same sectors and that is a now major concern for majority of the non resident Keralites in the Gulf region who, as you are aware, are already facing difficulties on account of uncertainty to their jobs in a tightening job market. As you are also aware Kerala to Gulf region has been the most profitable route for the airlines.
Central Government agency had announced increase in airport charges for the second time during the last five months. The price hike to gulf region if not checked could increase the chance of further hike in air ticket price for other destinations like US, UK and Europe.
Therefore, I request your personal intervention in the matter and put a cap on the air fares to the gulf sector. I would also request you for introducing more Air India Express flights and to persuade the private airlines to have more flights from Kerala to the Gulf region under the open sky policy.
Expecting your early intervention.
Sri. Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Hon’ ble Minister of Civil Aviation,
Govt. of India
Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan,
Safdar Jung Airport, NewDelhi- 110003