Kerala CM Seeks Cap on Airfare to Gulf Countries


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the Central Government’s immediate intervention in regulating the airfares against the backdrop of the steep hike in airfares to the Gulf countries.

In a letter to Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Civil Aviation Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan sought a ceiling on ticket fare. The Chief Minister urged the Centre to operate Air India Express service to the Gulf countries. The private airlines should also be asked to operate more services in the sector, he said.

Recently, the airlines had affected a steep hike in airfare to the Gulf countries against the backdrop of the school vacation season. For the past three months, the one-way ticket fare to Gulf countries was in the Rs. 6,000-12,000 range. Similarly, return tickets used to cost around Rs 16,000-18,000. However, following the advent of the school vacation season, the ticket rates have been doubled.