Can only request airlines to keep fares low: Minister

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The central government on Monday said it can only request airlines to keep a check on high fares during emergencies like the ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana.

The Jat community’s quota agitation has crippled rail and road transport to and from the national capital to Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.

According to Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahesh Sharma, the government can only request airlines to keep fares in check. Currently, ticket prices are unregulated in India.

“Globally air fares are not regulated, we can only request and suggest to airlines to keep fares low in a situation like this,” Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event here.

The minister elaborated that the government has instructed airlines to deploy additional capacity on the effected routes to keep fares in check.

“The ministry has contacted all airlines and requested them to increase the number of flights,” the minister pointed out at the launch function of “Swachh Paryatan Mobile App” held here.

On Sunday, the Civil Aviation Ministry had organised additional flights to deal with the road and rail blockades in Haryana.

The ministry had instructed the national carrier Air India to operate an additional flight on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar-Delhi route on Sunday evening.

Further, other airlines such as SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo announced that they have added additional flights on routes such as Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Jaipur.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here